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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 9:28 am | Updated: 3:01 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Workers have replaced the iconic gold statue of a trumpet-blowing angel that was scorched by lightning atop a new Mormon temple in South Jordan last month.

Lightning strikes new Mormon temple's angel

The statue of the angel Moroni sits on the 60,000 square-foot Oquirrh Mountain Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was hit and damaged during a June 13 rain storm.

It took three hours to replace.

3D Art Inc. owner Bruce Wallgren says the replacement has two grounded lightning rods — one on the head and one sprouting from the trumpet.

The temple opens for use by church members later this month.

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