Workers used a construction crane last week to hoist a statue of an angel to its spot atop the new Mormon temple in the Northland.
About the statue
•It represents the Angel Moroni, an important figure in the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
•Perched 153 feet above the ground, atop the temple’s eastern spire, it’s 12 feet tall and 1,200 pounds, with a fiberglass body and a skin of gold leaf.
•It’s modeled after the statue atop the Salt Lake City Temple in Utah. That statue was designed in the late 1800s by Cyrus E. Dallin, the sculptor who also created The Scout in Kansas City’s Penn Valley Park.
About the temple
•Exterior work on the 32,000-square-foot temple near Searcy Creek Parkway and Pleasant Valley Road is largely completed. Inside, though, it’s “virtually a shell,” Jeremiah Morgan, president of the church’s Liberty Stake, said Thursday. “They will now turn their attention to the inside.”
Work is to be completed in 2012.
•The temple will serve church members in the greater Kansas City area as well as Springfield, Joplin, Topeka, Warrensburg and surrounding areas.
“The temple is not a regular meeting house that we use every Sunday for worship services and for activities during the week,” Morgan said. “But it’s a place we reserve for sacred instruction and things like baptism and marriages.”
•The Kansas City Missouri Temple, as it is officially known to church members, is one of 23 temples either announced or under construction by the church. A total of 134 are currently in operation.