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The St. George Utah Temple closed Saturday morning, May 12, after furniture and artwork was damaged when an individual broke into the temple and vandalized the fifth floor.

In response to the attack, Church spokesman Eric Hawkins issued the following statement:

“At approximately 5 a.m. this morning (Saturday), an individual broke a window and entered the St. George Temple. He then proceeded to the fifth floor of the temple, damaging furniture, artwork, and other items along the way. After causing additional damage on the fifth floor, he was contained by temple workers (no physical restraint was required) until police arrived and he was arrested.

”The damage is being addressed, but has required the closure of the temple. We are hopeful that normal temple operations will resume later today.“

The St. George Utah Temple was announced November 9, 1871, dedicated April 6, 1877, and rededicated November 11, 1975.

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