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17 Mormon temples to reopen for marriage ceremonies

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that 17 temples in Idaho, Utah, Germany and Sweden will reopen Monday for marriage ceremonies.
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FILE - This Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, flowers bloom in front of the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reminding members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by a competent doctor. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Thursday it will reopen 17 of its sacred temples for wedding ceremonies. 

Meanwhile, Utah officials revealed the tally of new unemployment claims slowed for a fifth consecutive week but remained at historic levels. 

Church officials said in a news release that 17 temples in Idaho, Utah, Germany and Sweden will reopen Monday for marriage ceremonies only with a limited number of guests. 

The faith plans a four-phase reopening of its 167 temples worldwide that were closed after the COVID-19 pandemic spread. 

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