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First month draws 500,000 visitors to Provo City Center Temple open house

PROVO — The count of visitors to the Provo City Center Temple rocketed past 500,000 on Wednesday afternoon, a church spokeswoman said, a pace that is beating expectations.

LDS Church officials said before the open house began on Jan. 15 that they anticipated 630,000 visitors during the event, which ends March 5. Instead, Wednesday's announcement made it clear that two-thirds of the way through the open house, it is on pace to draw more than 700,000 visitors.

Free tickets remain available for mornings and some afternoons Monday through Thursday during the final two-and-a-half weeks of the temple open house, at templeopenhouse.lds.org.

No tickets or standby opportunities are available for evenings, Fridays or Saturdays, said Kristen Howey, a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Visitors without tickets generally can find reasonable wait times in the standby line, Mondays through Thursdays in the morning. Wait times can be monitored here at pcct.x10host.com.

The temple is scheduled to be dedicated on March 20.

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