Mesa temple opens to visitors before rededication

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The Mesa Arizona Temple is shown Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Mesa, Ariz. After being closed for over three years, the oldest Arizona temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opening for five weeks of public visitation in advance of its rededication on Dec. 12. The Mesa Arizona Temple closed in May of 2018 for a major renovation that included new roofing and drainage, windows, furniture and finishes, a new visitor’s center, trees and landscaping. (AP Photo/Matt York)

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — After being closed for over three years, the oldest Arizona temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opening for five weeks of public visitation in advance of its rededication on Dec. 12.

The Mesa Temple was shuttered in May 2018 for a major renovation. The visitation period that began Saturday will run through Nov. 20 with tours offered daily except Sundays.

Church officials said they anticipate strong interest in the tours and they recommended making advance reservations.

After the public visitation period leading up to the rededication, access to the sacred temple then will be limited to church members.

The Mesa Arizona Temple is shown Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Mesa, Ariz. After being closed for over three years, the oldest Arizona temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opening for five weeks of public visitation in advance of its rededication on Dec. 12. The Mesa Arizona Temple closed in May of 2018 for a major renovation that included new roofing and drainage, windows, furniture and finishes, a new visitor’s center, trees and landscaping. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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