Angel Moroni statue standing high on the Durban South Africa Temple.
Members of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and onlookers were elated to witness the hoisting of the statue of Angel Moroni in Izinga, Umhlanga, recently.
Spectators eagerly observed from a nearby off-site viewing point as the statue was lifted high in the air, before being gently lowered to stand on the gold colored pinnacle of the temple.
With bad weather and strong winds having delayed the placement of Moroni, the statue of Angel Moroni now stands high on the hill, overlooking the beautiful scenery of Izinga.
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The construction of the Durban, South Africa Temple was announced in 2011 by the former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Thomas S Monson.
The groundbreaking ceremony which was held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, was presided by Elder Carl B, cook of the quorum of the seventy.
Local church leaders and members of the church arrived from different parts of Africa to attend this event.
Jacques De Wet, stake president of the Hillcrest South Africa, expressed that since the announcement of the temple, more members have become temple worthy and there has been an increased interest in family history work.
“When the temple was announced, the members of the church felt very grateful and somewhat undeserving of such a blessing. Members are anxious for the temple to be dedicated and having the Temple has brought increased reverence to all worship in the stake, said Durban South Africa Stake president, Zwelethu Mhlongo.
The temple is expected to be completed in 2019, where the First Presidency will also announce the date for the dedication of the temple.