Provo City Center temple captures public’s attention from tours

The Provo City Center temple provided tours to the public from Jan. 15 to Mar. 5, 2016. The temple was able to capture the attention of over 800,000 tour guests. (Mormon Newsroom)

The Mormon church says more than 800,000 people toured its new temple in downtown Provo.

KUTV-TV reports ( ) that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the number of guests on Wednesday. Members of the public, including non-Mormons, were allowed to tour the faith’s 150th operating temple during an open house between Jan. 15 and March 5.

Provo Deputy Mayor Corey Norman says he had been hoping to hit a million visitors, and the numbers did get close. Norman says downtown businesses reported high traffic during the open house and he hopes it won’t end.

From now on, the temple will only be open to Mormon faithful. Norman says city officials are “super, super excited” about the new landmark.

Mormon leaders will dedicate the temple on March 20.

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