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The general public is getting its first look inside the Feather River California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thanks to special-guest and open-house tours that begin this week as well as the posting of interior and exterior photographs of the house of the Lord located in Yuba City, California.

The twofold presentations of tours and images coincide with the temple’s media day conducted Tuesday, Aug. 15. Elder Mark A. Bragg, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s North America West Area, and Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, also a General Authority Seventy, conducted a morning news conference with local media representatives before taking them on a tour inside the new temple.

Simultaneously, interior and exterior images of the Feather River temple were posted online Tuesday, Aug. 15, at

Tours of the temple for special guests will continue this week, with the public open house beginning Saturday, Aug. 19, and running through Saturday, Sept. 9, excluding Sundays. Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the temple on Sunday, Oct. 8 — the same day that Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Twelve will dedicate the McAllen Texas Temple.

The Feather River California Temple will be the Church’s 184th dedicated temple worldwide and is one of California’s 12 total temples — dedicated, under construction, under renovation or in planning and design. Six dedicated temples are found in Los AngelesOaklandFresnoRedlandsNewport Beach and Sacramento, with the temple in San Diego under renovation. A temple is under construction in Yorba Linda, another scheduled for an October groundbreaking in Modesto, and temples in planning and design in San Jose and Bakersfield.

California is home to nearly 729,000 Latter-day Saints comprising 1,134 congregations.

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