Milestone Reached in Construction of the Downtown Philadelphia Temple

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Angel Moroni
Image via mormonnewsroom.org.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reached a significant milestone in the construction of its temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the angel Moroni statue was placed upon the temple’s highest spire.

The Philadelphia Temple is the Church’s first temple in Pennsylvania. Mormon Newsroom quotes Elder Milan Kunz, an area seventy for the Philadelphia region, saying that many Latter-day Saints in the area have been waiting for this milestone. Of the milestone, Kunz said,

It indicates the temple is nearing completion and it adds a new image to the skyline of the city.

Upon its completion, the Philadelphia Temple will serve more than 45,000 Church members from four states. Mormon Newsroom reports that, currently, the closest temples to Latter-day Saints in the area are in Washington D.C. and New York.

The Church broke ground for the Philadelphia Temple on September 17, 2011, and estimates that construction will conclude Fall 2016.

Kylie is a writer at LDS.net and graduate of BYU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She grew up in a Chicago suburb where she gained a passion for the Chicago Cubs. She enjoys writing and live event video production.