LDS Church announces changes to church visitor centers
(KUTV) — On Tuesday morning, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced changes to several church visitor centers.
UPDATE: The Mesa Temple Visitors' Center will close May 19, 2018 for extensive renovations. At this point, the future use of this building is yet to be determined. Church leaders will reportedly decide "based on the needs and demands of the area."
The New Zealand Temple Visitors' Center will close in July of 2018 (at the same time as the New Zealand Temple) for extensive renovations. The visitors center will merge its functions with the new Church History Centre and Museum in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The Park City Family Tree Center will close Wednesday. The center was originally opened in conjunction with the 2002 Winter Olympics.
"Those wishing to research their ancestry can continue to do so at the multiple family history centers in the Salt Lake City area," stated Daniel Woodruff, spokesman for the LDS Church, in a news release.
As of Dec. 31, 2017, the London Temple Visitors' Centre is now open as a waiting area for non-temple patrons, but will no longer function as a traditional visitors' center.
The Hyde Park Chapel Visitors' Centre will continue to welcome guests in the London area.
"These decisions have been made after considering the best use of the Church's resources as well as the needs and demands of each area," Woodruff said in a news release