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Larry Frost was 10 years old and present when the Mesa Arizona Temple was first dedicated in 1927.

As the temple’s public open house begins this week (it starts on October 16 and ends on November 20, excluding Sundays), the 104-year-old Frost is excited for the temple’s December 12 rededication.

“I look forward to it,” said Frost, who served in the Mesa Temple for more than two decades. “I hope I get to go. The feeling you get in there [is] probably the same feeling you get when you go to heaven.”

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The Mesa Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been closed since May 2018 for major renovation. This is its second major refurbishment in its 94-year history. It was originally dedicated by Church President Heber J. Grant. It was rededicated in 1975 by President Spencer W. Kimball, who was raised in Arizona, following expansion and remodeling.

“The Lord will be very pleased [with this remodel],” said Bishop W. Christopher Waddell of the Presiding Bishopric. “It’s clear that everyone that worked on it was blessed. It’s not easy to modernize a building that’s almost 100 years old.”

The Church considers each of its temples to be, as the text engraved on the exteriors says, a “house of the Lord.” Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through special ceremonies and covenants. These are the faith’s most sacred worship spaces. As such, the Church seeks a high quality of production for each.

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