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The Manti Utah Temple is the 3rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On June 25, 1875 the building of the Manti Temple was announced. It would become the third operating temple in the Utah area. The site for the temple was Manti Stone Quarry, a large hill in the area. It had been prophesied numerous times since the beginning of settlement in the area that this would be the site of the temple. When Brigham Young announced the building of the temple he also announced that the 27-acre plot would now be known as Temple Hill.

The temple was completed in 1888 and a private dedication was held on May 17th, 1888 with the dedicatory prayer given by Wilford Woodruff. Three public dedications were held on May 21-23 1888, and were directed by Lorenzo Snow.

Throughout the years, the temple underwent various re-modelings and renovations. There was once a tunnel that went under the east tower of the temple but it has now been closed off. A great stone stairway was started in 1907 that led to the doors of the temple. In 1935, the temple was fully lighted at night for the first time. In 1940 the stairs were removed and work began to beautify the grounds. Between 1944 and 1945 the annex, chapel, kitchen, Garden Room, and men’s and women’s areas were all remodeled.

In 1981 it was decided that the interior of the temple needed to be extensively remodeled. Renovation took four years, murals were restored, original furniture was also restored, offices were enlarged and remodeled, a separate door was made to the baptistery, water and weather damage were repaired, an elevator was installed, and locker rooms were improved among many other projects. Rededication ceremonies were held on the 14-16 of June 1985 with Gordon B. Hinckley directing.

William Harrison Folsom designed the Manti Temple. It combines the Gothic Revival, French Renaissance Revival, French Second Empire, and Colonial architectural styles. The temple has 100,373 square feet, eight sealing rooms four ordinance rooms and the exterior is made of fine-textured, cream colored oolite limestone from quarries on the hill the temple now stands on. The two towers of the temple are 179 feet tall, and the open center spiral staircases inside of the towers are a marvel of pioneer ingenuity.

Each June, the Manti Temple becomes the backdrop for the Mormon Miracle Pageant. The pageant tells stories from the Book of Mormon as well as portraying events in Church history and from the life of Joseph Smith. Admission to the pageant is free and approximately 100,000 visitor's see it each year.

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