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Drone Photographs of the Mesa Arizona Temple

New aerial stills 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
provide a sweeping view of the renovation and redevelopment progress taking place at the city's historic center. The former FamilySearch Library that stood across the street from the temple has been razed, and the site has been cleared for the new structure that will house a Family Discovery Center, visitor's center, and modern residences.

Raleigh Temple Tower Clad in Stone

Work on cladding the reshaped tower of the Raleigh North Carolina Temple
68th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding the exterior walls; temporary glass installed
Raleigh North Carolina Temple
has been completed while stone continues to be attached to the exterior walls. Temporary glass has been installed in the window openings to enclose the structure and protect the interior renovation work that is underway.

December Demolition Progress at the Bangkok Thailand Temple Site

Much of the old Church office building at the Bangkok Thailand Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking; demolishing the old Church office building
Bangkok Thailand Temple
site has come down since demolition activities started six weeks ago. Debris netting around the front of the building helps to contain dust and falling objects. The site is being prepared for a formal groundbreaking ceremony next month.

Exterior Details of the Memphis Tennessee Temple

A zoomed-in snapshot of the north wall of the Memphis Tennessee Temple
80th operating temple; closed for renovation; angel Moroni installed on November 29, 2018
Memphis Tennessee Temple
provides a closer look at the ornate stone and stained glass being installed as part of the renovation overhaul. The temple closed just over 14 months ago and is expected to be completed next year.

Missionary Training Center in Santo Domingo to Close

A news release from Church headquarters has announced that the Caribbean's missionary training center, located near the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple
99th operating temple
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple
, will close next month. The announcement comes as Church leaders seek the best use of resources worldwide. The future use of the space has yet to be determined.

Stone Cladding the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Tower

Significant progress has been made on cladding the exterior of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Stone cladding the tower and front exterior walls
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
. The majority of the exterior walls have been completed, and work has started on the tower. A little over four months remain before the temple opens to the public for a two-week open house.

Lighting Being Installed at the Arequipa Peru Temple Grounds

The oval-shaped plaza that anchors the grounds of the Arequipa Peru Temple
Angel Moroni installed on November 30, 2018; installing lamp posts, bollards and laying sod in plaza
Arequipa Peru Temple
is coming to life at night with the recent installation of lamp posts and bollards that illuminate the driveways and walkways. Sod has already been laid, and bushes and trees have been planted.

Barranquilla Colombia Temple Dedicated

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, presided today at the cornerstone ceremony and dedication for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
161st operating temple
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Take a virtual tour of this holy edifice.

Finalizing Construction of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple

Contractors at the Fortaleza Brazil Temple
Finalizing construction and landscaping
Fortaleza Brazil Temple
are in the final days of construction before the temple passes hands to the Church for furnishing and preparing the public open house and dedication. No opening dates have been announced for the temple, but they are expected to be released shortly.

Information Center Opens at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Site

A trailer has been established as an information center at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Building the temple foundation; wood framing and sheathing going up for the meetinghouse
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
site where missionaries will receive guests wanting more information about the construction project. Framing and wood sheathing are going up for the on-site meetinghouse. Foundation work continues on the temple.

Celestial Room Millwork at the Durban South Africa Temple

Inside the Durban South Africa Temple
Painting, millwork, tiling, plumbing, and electrical progressing; plastering planter boxes and working on water feature
Durban South Africa Temple
, cornice moldings are being installed in the Celestial Room while dry wall and paint are going up in other rooms. Along the outside of the temple, aluminum fascia is being attached under the eaves. At the missionary housing, cupboards are being fitted, floor and wall tiling continues, and more paint is covering the walls and ceilings.

Pageants to Be Discontinued in Utah and New York

The Church has announced that The Mormon Miracle Pageant at the Manti Utah Temple
3rd operating temple
Manti Utah Temple
will end after 2019, and the Hill Cumorah Pageant near the Palmyra New York Temple
77th operating temple
Palmyra New York Temple
will end after 2020. Two other Utah pageants have already had their final performances: the Castle Valley Pageant and the Martin Harris pageant in Clarkston. Pageants will continue at the Nauvoo Illinois Temple
113th operating temple
Nauvoo Illinois Temple
, 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
, and Preston England Temple
52nd operating temple
Preston England Temple
(every four years).

Barranquilla Colombia Temple Gets a Final Cleaning

Cleaning crews are scrubbing down the exterior of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
161st operating temple
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
to make it shine for its dedication this Sunday, December 9. The temple will join the Bogotá Colombia Temple
57th operating temple
Bogotá Colombia Temple
as the nation's second such structure. The temple will serve members in the country's Caribbean region.

Water Feature Running at the Oakland California Temple

The new water fountain feature at the entrance to Oakland California Temple
13th operating temple; closed for renovation; new water feature operating; Christmas lights on display as work progresses on the interior
Oakland California Temple
site is now completed and operating. Although renovation efforts continue inside the temple, the grounds are open and have been fully decorated for the Christmas season. Free performances are offered at the visitors' center all month.

Angel Moroni Crowns the Arequipa Peru Temple

It was a special day yesterday for the Saints of Arequipa and Southern Peru as the brilliant gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was hoisted to stand atop the lantern that caps the cupola of Peru's third temple, the Arequipa Peru Temple
Angel Moroni installed on November 30, 2018; installing lamp posts, bollards and laying sod in plaza
Arequipa Peru Temple
. Hundreds of spectators gathered for the event and expressed their enthusiasm.

New 3D Model Posted for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Based on the updated rendering for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Building the temple foundation; wood framing and sheathing going up for the meetinghouse
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
that was recently released by Church headquarters, modeler Brian Olson has posted his beautiful new 3D model for the temple. Construction work on the temple is currently focused on the footings and foundation.

Angel Moroni Added to Memphis Tennessee Temple

Memphis-area members and missionaries gathered to the Memphis Tennessee Temple
80th operating temple; closed for renovation; angel Moroni installed on November 29, 2018
Memphis Tennessee Temple
this morning to witness the raising of the angel Moroni statue. Cheers of joy went up as Moroni took his position atop the spire. Numerous mobile devices captured the event and shared it on social media.

Monument Sign for the Kinshasa DRC Temple

Since the monument sign appeared at the entrance to the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
Construction completed; furnishing and preparing temple for open house
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.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for Bangkok Thailand Temple

The formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Bangkok Thailand Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking; demolishing the old Church office building
Bangkok Thailand Temple
will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Elder David F. Evans, president of the Asia Area, will preside. Attendance at the temple site is by invitation, but the proceedings will be broadcast to local meetinghouses.

Filling the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple with Stained-Glass Windows

Softening the sturdy polished stone along the exterior walls of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Scaffolding erected around tower; stone cladding of exterior walls continues; installation of stained-glass windows underway
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
are rectangular accents of stained glass. The windows were created at Holdman Studios, which has produced glass for over 90 temples. Current projects include the Rome Italy Temple
Construction completed; furnishing and preparing temple for open house
Rome Italy Temple
, Lisbon Portugal Temple
Angel Moroni installed; stone cladding nearing completion; stained-glass window installation underway; planting meetinghouse gardens
Lisbon Portugal Temple
, and Tokyo Japan Temple
18th operating temple; closed for renovation; exterior and interior renovations underway
Tokyo Japan Temple
.

Interior Update for the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple

Significant progress has been made inside the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
95th operating temple; closed for renovation; baptismal font oxen in place, laying tile, installing millwork, adding hard landscaping elements
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
where the majority of the stained glass has been installed, the oxen for the baptismal font have been set in place, the endowment room mural has been hung, and millwork and tile installation are underway.

Final Day of Barranquilla Colombia Temple Open House

The final tours of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
161st operating temple
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
will be conducted today as the open house concludes and the temple is prepared for its dedication on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The temple will serve Church members in the Caribbean region of Colombia who previously traveled over 600 miles to the Bogotá Colombia Temple
57th operating temple
Bogotá Colombia Temple
.

Laying Pavers for Frankfurt Germany Temple Parking

At the Frankfurt Germany Temple
41st operating temple; closed for renovation; installing landscaping irrigation; planting trees and shrubs
Frankfurt Germany Temple
, crews are laying pavers for the new parking area and walkways east of the temple while exterior renovations continue on the historic villa where the temple president and matron reside. The temple closed over three years ago for an expansion and renovation project.

Progress on the Durban South Africa Temple Baptistry

Along the rim of the baptismal font inside the Durban South Africa Temple
Painting, millwork, tiling, plumbing, and electrical progressing; plastering planter boxes and working on water feature
Durban South Africa Temple
, plumbers are carefully fitting drainage lines that will keep water at a specified level inside the font. Painters are working high above the plumbers, turning the ceilings a bright white. Information technology equipment has been delivered for the data rooms of both the temple and missionary housing facility.

Scaffolding Goes Up Around Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Tower

As stone cladding of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Scaffolding erected around tower; stone cladding of exterior walls continues; installation of stained-glass windows underway
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
progresses, scaffolding has been erected around the tower in anticipation of cladding the base in stone, the spire in metal, and installing the angel Moroni statue. The exterior of the meetinghouse being constructed across from the temple has been completed, though work continues inside.

Angel Moroni Installed Atop the Lisbon Portugal Temple

The gold-plated spire of the Lisbon Portugal Temple
Angel Moroni installed; stone cladding nearing completion; stained-glass window installation underway; planting meetinghouse gardens
Lisbon Portugal Temple
was adorned yesterday by a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni. Elder Joaquim Moreira, a member of the Seventy, said on the occasion: "This is an exciting day for Portugal. The angel Moroni reminds us that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to Earth."

Official Rendering Released for Urdaneta Philippines Temple

In a news release from Church headquarters, the official rendering for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking; official rendering released
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
was published. It was also announced that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Art Glass Installed in Memphis Tennesse Temple Steeple

Little work remains before the entire Memphis Tennessee Temple
80th operating temple; closed for renovation; angel Moroni installed on November 29, 2018
Memphis Tennessee Temple
is clad in stone, allowing workers to move on to other projects including the installation of art glass in the temple's window openings. Beautiful blue glass has already been installed in the steeple.

Urdaneta Philippines Temple Groundbreaking Committee Set Apart

Elder Evan A. Schmutz of the presidency of the Philippines Area set apart the members of the groundbreaking committee for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking; official rendering released
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
today. The committee members will arrange the logistics for carrying out the ceremony planned for Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Digging Post Holes at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple Site

Subcontractors have arrived at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Setting poles for construction barrier
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
site to erect a construction barrier around the property beginning with digging holes for the fence poles. The temple will be constructed on the back lot of the stake center for the Cocodoy Côte d'Ivoire Stake.