The historic murals in the 133-year-old Manti Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will remain inside the pioneer-era edifice, a change from plans announced earlier.
Instead, the Utah-based faith will build a new temple seven miles away, in Ephraim, the church announced in a special broadcast Saturday, to serve the 61,000 Latter-day Saints — including students at Snow College — in the central Utah district.
“As we have continued to seek the direction of the Lord on this matter,” President Russell M. Nelson said in a prerecorded message, “we have been impressed to modify our earlier plans for the Manti Utah Temple so that the pioneer craftsmanship, artwork and character will be preserved, including the painted murals loved by so many. We will leave those murals where they are located now — inside the Manti Utah Temple.”
President Russell M. Nelson announces plans in a prerecorded message broadcast at the Manti Tabernacle for Manti Temple renovations and a new temple in nearby Ephraim.
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