Signifying that a temple is near completion, an Angel Moroni statue has been placed on the steeple of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday (June 14), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Philippines shared photos of the historic event.
“Today marks an important milestone in the construction of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple,” the Facebook post said.
The event was witnessed by leaders and members of the church.
"The placing of the angel Moroni statue on temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is done not to worship Moroni but rather to show respect for his role in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ," the post read.
The church further explained that Moroni was a prophet in the Book of Mormon who revealed the location of an ancient record to a young Joseph Smith in 1823, from which this sacred book of scripture was translated.
The Urdaneta Philippines Temple is the third Latter-day Saints temple built in the Philippines, following the Manila Philippines Temple in 1984 and the Cebu City Philippines Temple in 2010.
On January 16, 2019, the church held a groundbreaking ceremony presided by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
The construction of the temple was stalled for over two months in March 2020 due to the community quarantines imposed by the government at the height of the pandemic.
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