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Mormons to cancel Sunday meetings in Utah for temple dedication

In a rare but hardly unprecedented move, the LDS Church has announced that all three-hour Sunday block meetings in Utah will be canceled on Sept. 23 so members can view temple dedication services.

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In this case, for the new Brigham City Temple.

Only those age 8 and older who have been issued a "recommend" attesting to their worthiness can watch the dedication — either in person or via satellite feed to numerous LDS stake centers around the state.

In both places, Mormons are to dress in appropriate Sunday attire.

The Utah-based faith also canceled its Beehive State Sunday services for the dedications of the Draper and Oquirrh Mountain temples in March and August 2009, respectively.

On Oct. 28, the church will dedicate its temple in Calgary so block meetings for Mormons in the Cardston and Edmonton temple districts have been called off as well.

In 2002, the church broadast via satellite the dedication of the reconstructed temple in Nauvoo, Ill., to LDS stake centers throughout the world. In 2000, it did the same with the temple in Palmyra, N.Y., to Mormon meetinghouses in North America.

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