Cebu Temple
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Announcement                       18 April 2006
 
Groundbreaking                      14 November 2007
 
Installation of Moroni Statue   05 November 2009
 
A feature in many Latter-day Saint temples is the golden statue of the Angel Moroni (Mo-RONE-eye) attached to the building’s highest spire. The Angel Moroni symbolizes the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. 
 
Moroni was a real person – an ancient prophet and a central character in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Along with the Bible and other revelations, the Book of Mormon is part of the scriptural canon of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
As the last prophet of the ancient American people, Moroni buried the metal plates on which the Book of Mormon was originally written as a way of preserving them for future generations. Centuries later, it was Moroni who was sent as an angel to the teenage boy Joseph Smith, revealing to Joseph the location of the plates on which the Book of Mormon record was inscribed and beginning the process of restoring God's church to the earth.
 
Moroni isn’t a figure of worship—rather one of respect. Latter-day Saints view his angelic appearances to Joseph Smith as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. That prophecy is found in the book of Revelation. In it, John the Revelator writes: "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people'" (Revelation 14:6).
 
The statue is made of fiberglass and covered by a layer of gold leaf. It stands 3.25 meters from the top of the ball base to the top of the statue. The statue weighs 300 pounds and will approximately stand 39 meters above ground level facing east.
 

Currently under construction.