New photos: Jordan River Temple renovations complete, open house scheduled

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(KUTV) - After more than two years of waiting the LDS Church is opening the doors to one of its busiest temples in the world - The Jordan River Temple.

The temple will be holding public open houses from Saturday, March 17 until Saturday, April, 28, with some exceptions (noted at the end of this article).

The temple will serve about 200,000 members in the Salt Lake Valley.

The major renovation project started in February 2016, and involved completely gutting many rooms and then rebuilding them.

"This was a complete renovation of the temple. All of its mechanical operating system as well as a refreshing of all the finishes, furnishings, the artwork, everything on the interior of the temple,” said Elder Larry Wilson the executive director of the LDS Church’s temple department.

The new look begins the minute you walk through the front doors with dark mahogany wood.

The baptistry area is also completely redesigned as to where the public will enter.

There is also beautiful marble floors and more lighting throughout.

"So when people come in it has a familiar feel but it’s all new,” said Elder Wilson.

The Jordan River Temple was finished and dedicated in 1981. At that time it was only the 20th LDS temple to be built in the world.

Now it will be one of nearly 160 operating LDS temples across the world.

To this day it still remains as one of the busiest in the world for the church.

"On a typical day we would have a few thousand coming through the Jordan River Temple,” said Elder Wilson.

Free tours will run through Saturday, April 28, 2018, except for March 18, 24, 25 and 31 and April 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Complimentary tickets are available here.