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Mid-November Video Update on the Mesa Arizona Temple

Watch beautiful drone footage of the renovation progress at the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
. Heavy equipment is grading the grounds for the new landscaping features including the reflection pools. Long black conduits are on site that will carry water and sewage underground. Crews continue to work on the exterior windows, and a construction fence has been erected around the old family history library across the street.

Windows Coming Down at the Mesa Arizona Temple

More evidence of construction activities can be seen at the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
where scaffolding has been erected along some of the exterior walls, and windows are being removed and replaced with boards. Debris chutes are still visible at some of the window openings as the careful process of dismantling the interior continues.

Video Update of Activity at the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds

Watch captivating, high-definition aerial footage of the grading activities underway at the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
. Click the full-screen button to feel immersed in the construction efforts that are renovating this historic building constructed in the 1920s.

Grading Begins for New Grounds at the Mesa Arizona Temple

With the former grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
removed to create a clean slate, the contractor, Porter Brothers Inc., has announced that land grading has begun for the newly conceptualized grounds, which will include a large expanse to accommodate staging and seating for the annual Easter Pageant.

Grounds Cleared at the Mesa Arizona Temple

The barren soil around the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
is a strange site for members of the Mesa community who have been enchanted by the brightly colored flowers, actively producing fruit trees, distinctive cactus plants, and captivating reflecting pools that have characterized the iconic grounds for more than 90 years.

Clearing the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds

A drone perspective on the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
site shows that little remains of the former grounds. In the foreground, a depression is visible where the west-side reflection pool once sat. A handful of trees have been preserved and protected with chain-link fencing.

Information Center Opened at the Mesa Arizona Temple

A construction trailer at the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
has been repurposed as an information center that will accept visitors to the construction site. Missionaries will answer questions, make presentations, and offer other information about the Church.

Landscaping Disappearing from Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds

The demolition crew at the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
have made significant progress on removing grass, plants, planter boxes, and other landscaping elements from the grounds as part of a massive renovation and revitalization project for the temple and the surrounding residential area.

Renovations Announced for Three U.S. Temples

The First Presidency has announced that three temples in the United States will close for extensive renovations. The Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
will close in May 2018 and reopen in 2020. The Raleigh North Carolina Temple
68th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding the exterior walls; temporary glass installed
Raleigh North Carolina Temple
and Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
94th operating temple; closed for renovation; work begun on stone cladding the exterior walls
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
will close in early 2018 and reopen in 2019.

Mesa Serving Five YSA Stakes

With 66 young single adult (YSA) stakes operating in Utah, Idaho, and Virginia; Arizona became the latest state this weekend to see the creation of YSA stakes, all belonging to the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
District. The university stake in Tempe became a YSA stake, and new stakes were created in Mesa (2), Gilbert, and Phoenix.

Lights, Music, Nativity Displays, and Free Gifts at Mesa's Christmas Celebration

The 30th Season of the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
Gardens Christmas Light Celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving. Performers from organizations throughout Arizona with present free concerts each evening in this year's Birth of Christ in Light and Music Celebration.

Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant to Begin April 1

With the return of spring comes the long-standing Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant: Jesus the Christ, scheduled to open April 1. The pageant is held on the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
, adjacent to the Visitors' Center. This production, based on biblical text, is open to the general public.