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LDS Church closing 2 temple visitor centers, Park City family history center

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church is closing temple-adjacent visitors centers in London, England and Hamilton, New Zealand, as well as a family history center in Park City, Utah.

"These decisions have been made after considering the best use of the church's resources as well as the needs and demands of each area," said Daniel Woodruff, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The New Zealand Temple Visitors' Center, located across the street from the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, will close in July 2018, at the same time as the nearly 60-year-old temple closes for extensive renovations, including a seismology upgrade. The church is projecting a 2021 temple open house, rededication and reopening.

As of last month, the London Temple Visitors' Center closed as a traditional visitors' center but remains open and used as a waiting area for non-temple patrons. The LDS Church points to its Hyde Park Chapel Visitors' Center as a site to welcome guests visiting the London area.

The Park City Family Tree Center will close Wednesday, Jan. 31, having opened originally in conjunction with the 2002 Winter Olympics. In addition to Salt Lake City as the host city, Park City was site of numerous Olympic events as well as activities, hostings and lodging during the Games.

"Those wishing to research their ancestry can continue to do so at the multiple family history centers in the Salt Lake City area," Woodruff said.