The Salt Lake Tribune, Thursday, August 8, 2002
BY PEGGY FLETCHER STACK
Ending weeks of speculation among Manhattan Mormons, the LDS Church confirmed Wednesday it will create a temple in a six-story building across the street from New York City’s Lincoln Center.
Of all the temples built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this will be only the
second, after the one in Hong Kong, that is not free-standing.
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The temple will occupy the top two floors of the nondescript church-owned building, which long has been used for Sunday services.
For more than 11 million Latter-day Saints worldwide, including more than 62,000 in the New York area, temples are where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other sacred ordinances.
The church purchased several buildings in Manhattan in recent months, including a former convent near Union Square and a second building on 87th Street between Second and Third avenues. It also owns a property in Harlem, where it plans to build a stake center for several congregations, and another one in Washington Heights, in upper Manhattan.