Georgia’s only Mormon temple is situated right here in Sandy Springs, and for the past two years it has been undergoing a serious renovation. Well, the new construction is complete and the facility is officially reopened, and there is a small window of time before the formal dedication in which the general public is welcome. Bear in mind that this temple has not been open to the public since 1983, and once it is formally dedicated on May 1, 2011, there is no telling how long it will be before you are given another opportunity to take a peek inside.
So, find some time between now and April 23, 2011, to take a tour of the temple. Being the first Mormon temple in the Southeast, not only is the building aesthetically impressive but it is also a little piece of history. In addition, you will likely get a better understanding of the Mormon faith and their traditions by visiting the temple. Considering the tours are free of charge, you really have nothing to lose.
The renovations were extensive, and while we do not have a specific figure for the cost, we do know that it was a multi-million dollar restoration project. Some of the new features include eucalyptus wood from Brazil, art glass panels, paintings and Swarovski Crystal chandeliers and sconces.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Atlanta Mormon temple. Public tours are available on Mondays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are required but the tours are free. For tickets go to lds.org/reservations or call 1-866-537-8457.
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