Renovaton of the LDS Temple in Sandy Springs began in 2009. Built in 1983, it was the first LDS temple in the Southeast.

The Atlanta Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is located in Sandy Springs, will be rededicated this spring after nearly two years of renovation, church representatives said.

The date for reopening the temple has not been set, but it tentatively is planned for April.

During the three weeks prior to the rededication of the temple, the building, usually closed to people who are not members of the LDS church, will be open to the public for tours, church representatives said.

Temples are not used for regular church services, the church says, but instead of use for special ordinances held sacred in the Mormon faith, including marriages and baptism by proxy.

“The temple for us is very, very important,” said Bishop Harold Carlson of Sandy Springs. “It’s an area where we get married, an area where we make special promises to God.”

The Sandy Springs temple was the first temple built in the Southeastern U.S. When dedicated in 1983, it served Mormons in a number of states. Since its dedication, temples have been built in surrounding states and the Atlanta Temple serves believers in northern Georgia, church representative said.

The temple building features a spire topped by a statue of an angel.

The temple closed in 2009 for a remodeling and new landscaping of the grounds.

“In the whole world there’s only about 130 temples, period,” Carlson said. “These are very special places for us.”

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