Two More Phase 1 Reopenings Announced
Two additional temples will reopen under Phase 1 on Monday, August 3, 2020, including the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple in Central Africa and the Córdoba Argentina Temple in South America. That brings the total number of reopened temples to 127. The majority of temples that remain closed are located in Latin America.
Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple Dedicated
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided today over the dedication of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, the first temple in the country, the fourth in Africa, and the 163rd operating temple of the Church. Elder Renlund and his wife, Ruth, spoke to hundreds of youth at a devotional held at the stake center on the temple grounds. "It is an amazing blessing to have the temple in Kinshasa. Members will no longer have to travel far to receive the blessings of the temple," said Elder Renlund. He also taught, "When we are endowed, we covenant to follow Jesus Christ’s example and dedicate our whole life to Him."
Open House Tours Begin at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
More than 300 VIPs, including members of the local and international media, were guided through the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple today, following a news conference with Elder S. Mark Palmer, president of the Africa Southeast Area, and his counselors, Elder Joseph W. Sitati and Elder Joni L. Koch. On Saturday, March 9, a tour of temple was conducted for members of the construction team and their families. The general public is invited to tour the temple beginning tomorrow and continuing through Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Final Preparations for the Kinshasa DRC Temple Open House
Windows are being shined, grass mowed, fresh mulch laid, and lettering painted as energized workers and volunteers make final preparations for the public open house of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple. Visitors will be received beginning on Tuesday and continuing through the end of the month.
New 3D Model for the Kinshasa DRC Temple
With five weeks remaining before the public open house begins for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, temple modeler Brian Olson has produced an updated model of the temple featuring a virtual flight over the property accompanied by local nature sounds. You'll see the royal palm trees along the entrance driveway, the beautiful hand-laid pavers, and the other Church buildings on site.
Construction of Kinshasa DRC Temple Completed
The general contractor has finished work on the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, which is now in the hands of the Church for furnishing and preparation for the public open house. The other Church buildings on site are being refreshed with new paint and deep cleaning.
Monument Sign for the Kinshasa DRC Temple
Since the monument sign appeared at the entrance to the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple grounds over two months ago, lighting has been installed and vegetation has been planted, greatly adding to the beauty of the complex. The public open house for the temple begins in just 15 weeks.
Progress on Pavers, Landscaping at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
The large stacks of pavers that once lined the driveway to the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple grounds have now been neatly installed, creating a beautifully patterned and tree-lined entrance to the temple complex. The bright white exterior of the temple stands in contrast to the earth-toned meetinghouse and institute building on site, indicative of its holy purpose.
Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for Kinshasa DRC Temple
The First Presidency has officially announced the opening of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple. A free public open house will begin on Tuesday, March 12, and conclude on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, April 14, 2019, with a youth devotional planned for the evening before the dedication.
Exterior Lighting Tests Underway at Kinshasa DRC Temple
The exterior lighting system at the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple is installed and tests are underway. Lamp posts are also being added across the temple grounds and at the entrance to the temple property for both visibility and security at night.
More Pavers Laid at the Kinshasa DRC Temple Site
Laid in a sophisticated herringbone pattern, the gray-toned pavers being laid for the walkways and driveways at the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple are among the temple's most beautiful and unique features. Construction is expected to wrap up in the next few months.
Lamp Posts at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
Joining the royal palm trees in the landscaping strips along the entrance driveway to the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple are new concrete-anchored lamp posts that will light the way to the temple. Pallets of driveway pavers sit along the path, ready to be integrated into the grounds.
Laying Walkway Pavers at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
Workers at the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple are tackling the labor-intensive task of laying a system of pavers across the grounds for the walkways among the on-site buildings. Lamp posts are also being installed to create good lighting across the property.
Kinshasa DRC Temple Dressed in White
The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple is looking more beautiful than ever with its pure white exterior, as crews paint the gray plastered walls. Inside, work has begun on insulating the ceiling, running HVAC ducts, and installing the suspension system for a dropped ceiling.
Hard Landscaping Progress at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
The grounds of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple are seeing the addition of hard elements including concrete planter boxes and curbing. The winding path of the driveway has been compacted.
Plastering Exterior Walls of Kinshasa DRC Temple
The mortar lines on the concrete block exterior walls of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple are disappearing as workers plaster the surface. A moisture barrier is being attached to the eaves along the roofline.
Plastering Steeple and Entry at Kinshasa DRC Temple
Progress continues on the covered entry and steeple of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple where workers have attached a wire mesh and begun the work of plastering. The temple will be painted white, setting is apart from the adjoining earth-toned meetinghouse.
Steeple Progress, Apostle Visit at Kinshasa DRC Temple
During a 10-day tour of the Africa Southeast Area, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at a young single adult fireside at the stake center next to the Kinshasa DRC Temple where more than 1,400 were in attendance. Cladding of the temple steeple continues.
Cladding the Steeple of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
Scaffolding has appeared around the steeple framework for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple as laborers clad the structure in stone. The steeple will be colored white and topped with a finial to serve as the focal point for the building. The temple shares land with an operating stake center and institute and seminary building.
Shingling Begins at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
Following a rainy season at the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, a felt underlayment has been attached to the roof, and shingles are being laid. Crews are preparing to clad the steeple.
Full Steeple Framework Reattached to Kinshasa Temple
After making a few adjustments, the steel framing for the spire of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple has been reattached to the steeple base, much to the delight of the crew who have taken great pride in the temple's high quality of construction.
Royal Palm Trees Planted at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
The grounds of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple were beautified this week with the addition of ten royal palm trees that will line the walkway leading to the main entrance. Crews are working toward enclosing the building so that interior work may begin.
Steeple Added to Kinshasa Temple
The construction of the Kinshasa DRC Temple reached an important milestone this week with the installation of the steeple framework atop the entrance doors.
The addition of flashing and plastic sheeting to the Kinshasa Temple roof decking will protect it against the rainy season.
Progress on the Roof
Roof decking for the Kinshasa DRC Temple is going up while site grading is underway.
Ready for Font Pour in Kinshasa
At the Kinshasa DRC Temple, crews are preparing to pour the concrete support for the baptismal font and to attach plywood to the roof trusses.
Brickwork Completed at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
Brick layers have finished cladding the exterior of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, which will later be plastered white. Crews continue to add purlins to the roof trusses and to strengthen the connecting plates. The grounds are to feature large palm trees.
Brick Laying Continues at Kinshasa DRC Temple
Much of the exterior facade of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple has been covered in white insulation and brick, while crews attach purlins across the steel trusses that form the framework for the roof. The stake center stands in the background.
Brick Laying Begins at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
With the structural framing in place for the roof of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, work has begun on attaching white insulating block and on laying brick over the waterproofed concrete block walls. The brick will later be finished with a white stucco.
A New Perspective on the Kinshasa DRC Temple
The latest photograph of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple gives a bird's-eye view of the construction progress. Crews have been setting the steel rafters that will provide the structural support for the roof.