The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

Extensive renovation of the St. George Utah Temple has crossed the two-year mark and is nearing completion.

One of the main things that we’ve done the last year is to finish all the primary upgrades we needed to do to the historic temple,” said Eric Jamison, project manager of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Contractors from various companies are working together to upgrade the pioneer-era temple, located in southern Utah. Dedicated in 1877, it was the first temple to be completed in Utah and the oldest operating temple in the Church of Jesus Christ.

A new addition on the west side of the temple is well underway, the exterior of the north addition is ready for painting and improvements to the grounds are on schedule.

“This job demands perfection,” said Lorenzo Brieno, framing foreman from Pete King Commercial.

“There are some walls that feel like glass they’re so smooth. They have a special skill, and you can tell that they care about their work,” remarked Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for the Church.

The walkways, planters and landscaping are nearing completion. Drought tolerant shrubbery and trees are ready for an early spring planting to help ensure they are well rooted to survive the intense heat of summer. In addition, a sophisticated smart weather irrigation system is being installed that will know the optimum time to water the vegetation.

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