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For 35 years, Church Office Building has been symbolic Mormon headquarters, operational center for church growth

SALT LAKE CITY (Deseret News) — It's a symbol of church headquarters, and to church leaders it's even a miracle maker.

The mountainous, 28-story Church Office Building soars above North Temple Street, where it has been the nerve center for the tremendous growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the nearly 35 years since its dedication.

"The Church Office Building has served very, very well for 35 years as kind of a symbol of church headquarters," Bishop H. David Burton, presiding bishop of the church, said in a recent interview with the Deseret News.

"What do you see when you come into the valley?" he said. "You certainly see most prominently the lovely Capitol building and some of the buildings downtown, but this building is very visible and very symbolic, that this is the international headquarters of the church. More than any other single thing, that established the international aspect of the church — here was the spot from which the church would go forward around the world. What has happened in the 35 years since has been a miracle."

The towering, 420-foot-high building, which houses the administrative support staff for the LDS Church, turns 35 on July 24, having been dedicated in 1975, though it was in partial use by 1972.

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