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

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manitoba are celebrating an important milestone in the construction of the long-awaited Winnipeg Manitoba Temple.

On July 28, 2020, construction workers placed a gold statue of the angel Moroni on the steeple of the temple. Due to COVID–19 restrictions, only a small group of government and interfaith leaders, neighbours and members of the Church was on hand to watch this exciting event; however, many people enthusiastically followed the progress online and on social media. A few members of the media also attended and reported on the event.

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“The installation of the angel Moroni atop the steeple of the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple is a momentous event,” said Winnipeg City Councillor Janice Lukes. “Not only does the angel Moroni have significant religious importance, I think it represents the reality of a very long-awaited dream — the arrival of a temple in Winnipeg.”

The installation of the 2.5-metre, 135-kilogram statue is a sign that the construction of the temple is nearing the end. The building is scheduled to be finished this fall. Construction began in 2018, but Latter-day Saints in Manitoba have been eagerly awaiting this sacred house of worship since it was announced in April 2011. Currently, the closest temples are in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, requiring those who want to worship in a temple to travel many hours, often through bitter cold, blizzards and thunderstorms.

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