(FOX NEWS) — Oakland’s Mormon Temple, a hilltop landmark long shrouded in mystery to millions of its neighbors, is opening its doors to the public — but only for a short time. After a 14-month closure to complete renovations, the 55-year-old temple is attracting huge crowds before it is rededicated next month.
After June 1, it will be closed to all but devout Mormons.
“We wanted to share it, and have the public understand that this is just a place to come and worship,” said Elder Jay Pimentel, a church leader in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. “We don’t baptize dead bodies inside, we don’t have secret rites. We want to demystify some of the fanciful rumors that get circulated.”