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Mormon church announces closure of Mesa Temple for renovation

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PHOENIX — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that three U.S. temples will close for “extensive renovation,” including a temple in Mesa, Arizona.

The closure of the Mesa Arizona Temple will take effect in May 2018. It is scheduled for reopening in 2020 after it undergoes “needed repairs and upgrades,” according to the church.

“Public open house and rededication information will be provided for the three temples as the renovations near completion,” a release said.

According to an article about the Mesa Temple on MormonNewsroom.org, this will be the second time the 90-year-old temple undergoes renovation. It was first dedicated in 1927 and rededicated in 1975.

The two other temples that are to close are in Raleigh, North Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Other Mormon temples in Arizona include those in Phoenix, Gila Valley, Snowflake and Gilbert. A temple in Tucson is scheduled to open on August 13.

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