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Location of the Brussels Belgium Temple Announced

The First Presidency has announced the location of the Brussels Belgium Temple, which will be constructed within an existing building located at Ave des Arts 52, near the Royal Palace of Brussels. The building will house not only a multistory temple of approximately 25,500 square feet, but also a meetinghouse and arrival facilities. It the first temple to be constructed in Belgium.
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Exterior Rendering Released for the Wellington New Zealand Temple

The official exterior rendering for the Wellington New Zealand Temple has been published. The two-story structure will be approximately 14,900 square feet with an accompanying ancillary building, housing arrival facilities and patron housing. The temple will rise on a 3.35-acre property in the Aotea neighborhood of Porirua, a suburb of Wellington. Plans to construct the temple were announced in April 2022.
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Open House and Dedication Announced for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple

A public open house for the newly constructed Deseret Peak Utah Temple has been announced for Thursday, September 26, through Saturday, October 19, 2024, excluding Sundays and Saturday, October 5, for general conference. A media day will be held on Monday, September 23, followed by two days of tours for invited guests. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, November 10, 2024. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all units in the temple district.
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Elder Bednar Presides at the Layton Utah Temple Dedication

On Sunday, June 16, 2024, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Layton Utah Temple. He was accompanied by his wife, Susan; Elder Brian K. Taylor, General Authority Seventy and Second Counselor in the Utah Area Presidency, and his wife, Jill; and Elder Kevin R. Duncan, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Nancy. Elder Bednar encouraged those who will worship and serve in this house of the Lord to build a “covenant connection” with Heavenly Father through what they learn there.
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Elder Christofferson Dedicates the Salta Argentina Temple

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Salta Argentina Temple on Sunday, June 16, 2024. Elder Christofferson served as a full-time missionary in the Argentina North Mission from 1964 to 1966. He recalled working as a young missionary to help build the first chapel in Salta on several preparation days, then later returning with his mission president, President Richard G. Scott, when the chapel was dedicated in 1966. "This temple and all latter-day temples constitute our visible, tangible testimony of the living reality of the Redeemer, since without His Atonement and Resurrection, the temple would serve no purpose," he said.
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Stockholm Sweden Temple in Early Phases of Reconstruction

Reconstruction of the Stockholm Sweden Temple is in the early stages. The former building was demolished in February, and site work for the new temple began shortly afterward. Although the exterior will look very much like the original, the new temple has been designed with numerous structural improvements and a redesigned interior that spans two levels instead of one. A variety of heavy equipment is on site.
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Clearing the Basement of the Provo Utah Temple

Demolition continues of the Provo Utah Temple, which will be replaced with the new Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple. Heavy machinery is sorting and removing the final pieces of debris from the basement before the concrete walls are fully removed. The temple is located at the mouth of Rock Canyon, across the street from the Provo Missionary Training Center and just north of Brigham Young University. It has long been considered one of the busiest temples in the Church.
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Construction Activity at the Wichita Kansas Temple Site

Preliminary construction activity has been seen at the Wichita Kansas Temple site, preparing the property for the construction of the first house of the Lord in Kansas. The 9,950-square-foot temple will rise on a 6.42-acre site on North Meridian Avenue near I-235 in northern Wichita. No exterior rendering of the temple has been released, and no groundbreaking date has been announced.
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Heavy Framing of the Fort Worth Texas Temple Underway

Structural framing of the superstructure for the Fort Worth Texas Temple is making quick progress. Heavy steel beams and columns are being erected and bolted together over the main floor concrete slab. Framing for the mechanical level rises over the center of the 30,000-square-foot temple, which will support the steeple. Construction has been underway for the past seven-and-a-half months.
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Forming the Footings for the Anchorage Alaska Temple

Forming is underway for the basement footings of the new Anchorage Alaska Temple, and excavation has started for the main level footings. The octagonal-shaped forms are for the footing of the baptismal font. In the background is the current temple, which will remain operational during the construction of the new building. Once construction is completed, the old temple will be replaced with a new meetinghouse.
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Decorative Spandrels Installed on the Montpelier Idaho Temple

On the west side of the Montpelier Idaho Temple, most of the exterior walls have been clad in concrete panels, and decorative spandrels have been installed in the spaces between the first- and second-floor windows. Cladding is also underway at the northeast corner, while sheathing of the entry portico has been completed on the south side. Metal flashing is being installed along the parapet.
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Forming the Baptismal Font Walls for the Knoxville Tennessee Temple

Forming is underway for the structural walls of the baptismal font in the basement of the Knoxville Tennessee Temple. Concrete crews have poured several footings for the main level, and additional concrete walls have been installed for the basement. Numerous pipes and conduits are staged on site for the drainage system. Construction has been underway for almost six months.
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Groundbreaking Service Held for the Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple

Elder Jorge F. Zeballos, President of the South America Northwest Area, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple on Saturday, June 8, 2024. The mayor of the City of Santa Cruz was in attendance along with other civic and religious authorities. "The temple is the holiest place on the face of the earth," said Elder Zeballos. In his dedicatory prayer, he prayed: "We thank You for Your Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Savior and Redeemer. We are so grateful for His love for each of us, love represented especially through His infinite atoning sacrifice. By dedicating this site, we rededicate our lives to You and Your Beloved Son."
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Groundbreaking Date Announced for the Londrina Brazil Temple

The date for the groundbreaking service for the Londrina Brazil Temple has been announced as Saturday, August 17, 2024. Elder Ciro Schmeil, First Counselor in the Brazil Area Presidency, will preside at the event and offer the site dedicatory prayer. The temple will rise in the Jardim São Jorge neighborhood of Londrina on Avenida Harry Prochet. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 32,000 square feet.
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Preparing for the Next Transfer Girders at the Salt Lake Temple

Transfer girders will be cast this month on the north and south sides of the Salt Lake Temple, joining those already in place on the east and west sides, to become the new upper foundation for the historic building. The 15x15-foot (4.5x4.5-meter) girders will transfer the weight of the temple to the massive concrete footings and base isolators below. Over 260 miles (420 km) of posttensioning cables will be inserted into the girders, running through the exterior walls from the top of the temple to the bottom.
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Elder Renlund Dedicates the Cobán Guatemala Temple

"My invitation on this day of temple dedication is that you assess your own heart and change what needs changing. Dedicate your heart to God," said Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the dedication of the Cobán Guatemala Temple on Sunday, June 9, 2024. "Over many years, you have prayed to have a temple here," he said. "God has heard those prayers. You have made the construction of this temple possible because of your faith and faithfulness. Thank you for your goodness."
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More Plantings on the Grounds of the Farmington New Mexico Temple

Landscaping of the Farmington New Mexico Temple grounds continues to progress with the addition of sizeable boulders and many more plantings. The city of Farmington is located on the Colorado Plateau at the junction of three rivers: the San Juan River, the Animas River, and the La Plata River. It also lies near the junction of several highways including U.S. Highway 64, New Mexico Highway 170, New Mexico Highway 371, and New Mexico Highway 516.
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Trees Putting on Leaves at the Syracuse Utah Temple Grounds

At the driveway entrance to the Syracuse Utah Temple site, cladding of the beautifully ornamented monument sign has been completed, while cladding of the temple facade is still being finalized. The numerous trees on and around the entrance plaza have put on their leaves, but much more work remains to fully softscape the grounds. Next Wednesday will be the temple's three-year groundbreaking anniversary.
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Laying Sod on the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Grounds

Fresh rolls of grass sod are being laid on the grounds of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple, just outside the ornamental fencing. The temple's exterior cladding and art glass both feature the same design motif—the claret cup cactus. It was named the official state cactus of Colorado in 2014, and it is also known as the hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus). Lamp posts are being installed in the parking area.
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Bacolod Philippines Temple Rises in the City of Smiles

The Filipino city of Bacolod began as a humble fishing village on the northwest shores of the island of Negros. Today, it is a thriving urban center and home to the rising Bacolod Philippines Temple. Roofing of the ancillary building has begun, and cladding of the temple exterior continues. The streets of Bacolod feature well-preserved heritage homes that reflect the city's colonial past.
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Fence Installation on the Elko Nevada Temple Grounds

Permanent fencing has been installed on the grounds of the Elko Nevada Temple, inside the temporary chain-link fence. Most of the scaffolding has been removed from the steeple, and progress is being made on installing and cladding the hardscape features. Heavy equipment is carrying out the fine grading and excavation needed for the landscaping. Construction has been underway for just over two years.
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Auckland New Zealand Temple Motifs Reflect Māori Culture

The ornamented stone on the exterior of the Auckland New Zealand Temple features beautifully detailed motifs that draw inspiration from the rich designs and symbolism found in Māori art. Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand (Aotearoa) who arrived in the 14th century. They developed a distinctive culture that has had a significant impact on New Zealand’s music, art, and cuisine.
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Framing the Yorba Linda California Temple Steeple

Framing for the steeple of the Yorba Linda California Temple has begun to rise over the front entrance. At the rear of the building, stone cladding is being hung on the exterior with a granite course along the base and marble panels on the walls. An underlayment has been installed on the roof deck in preparation for laying shingles. It is the second temple to be constructed in California's Orange County, joining the Newport Beach California Temple.
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Flowers Planted on the Grounds of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple

Numerous flowers have been planted on the grounds of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple as landscaping efforts are finalized. The beautiful house of the Lord, located in the Tooele Valley, is anticipated to be the 23rd dedicated temple in the state. Construction began just over three years ago, and members are looking forward to an announcement of the open house and dedication dates. It shares a core plan with the recently dedicated Orem Utah Temple and Taylorsville Utah Temple.
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Saints Gather for the Teton River Idaho Temple Groundbreaking

"Help us remember what we felt on this day and strive to become lifelong disciples of Thy Son, our Savior and Redeemer, even Jesus Christ," said Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, Second Counselor in the North America Central Area Presidency, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Teton River Idaho Temple on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Elder Giménez also quoted President Russell M. Nelson who said, “Whenever any kind of upheaval occurs in our life, the safest place to be spiritually is living inside our temple covenants!"
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Groundbreaking Held for the Cleveland Ohio Temple

Elder Vaiangina Sikahema, First Counselor in the North America Northeast Area Presidency, presided at the groundbreaking for the Cleveland Ohio Temple on Saturday, June 1, 2024. "So many of you are pioneers in this area and have made this day possible, and we thank you," said Elder Sikahema. During his dedicatory prayer, he expressed gratitude for the early Saints who gathered in Kirtland, Ohio, saying, "Holy Father, we stand here now nearly two centuries from those difficult days, blessed because Thy people followed the Prophet Joseph to this great land of Ohio."
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Taylorsville Utah Temple Dedicated by Elder Gerrit W. Gong

On Sunday, June 2, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Taylorsville Utah Temple. "Wherever we are on life's path, we can come step-by-step with a desire to come to the Lord in the house of the Lord," he said. Elder Gong was accompanied by his wife, Susan, a Taylorsville native; Elder Hugo E. Martinez, a General Authority Seventy and First Counselor in the Utah Area Presidency, and his wife, Nuria; and Elder Erich W. Kopischke, a General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director of the Temple Department, and his wife, Christiane. "Many have deep roots, many are new, all are pioneers," said Elder Gong. "These are faithful, honored stakes and communities which have grown up, including in Bennion, Kearns, Magna, Midvale, Murray, Granger, Hunter and Taylorsville. This heart of the valley represents being 'one in the household of faith and fellowship of the Saints.'"
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Ward Members Walk to the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple Site

Members of the of the Alvorada Ward and Caiçara Ward in the Belo Horizonte Brazil West Stake recently participated in an activity where they walked the 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) from their church building to the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple site. Many photographs were taken to commemorate the event. The structural frame for the temple has been erected, and a moisture barrier is being applied to the concrete exterior walls.
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Elder and Sister Stevenson Visit the Davao Philippines Temple

On Friday evening, May 31, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa J. Stevenson, participated in a Philippines Area-Wide Devotional and Cultural Celebration for Youth and YSA. During their remarks, Elder and Sister Stevenson spoke of their visits to several temple sites in the country including the Davao Philippines Temple. To have a more authentic experience, they traveled by jeepney—a popular means of public transportation in the Philippines.
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Oval Pad Poured South of the Lindon Utah Temple

Work is underway on the hardscape south of the Lindon Utah Temple. Stakes have been placed to mark the location of planter footings, and a concrete oval pad has been poured, which will serve as a sitting and gathering area. Many of the trees delivered to the temple site have already been planted. Installation of ornamental fencing continues around the property while granite cladding is making excellent progress on the east and west sides of the temple.
Brussels Belgium Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced
Wellington New Zealand Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Deseret Peak Utah Temple
Preparing for public open house beginning 26 September 2024
Layton Utah Temple
195th dedicated temple in operation
Salta Argentina Temple
194th dedicated temple in operation
Stockholm Sweden Temple
34th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; former temple demolished; preparing site for construction of replacement temple
Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple
15th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; demolition of former temple building and landscape removal underway
Wichita Kansas Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; preliminary site work underway
Fort Worth Texas Temple
Main floor slab poured and cured
Anchorage Alaska Temple
54th dedicated temple in operation; open during renovation; excavation for foundation underway
Montpelier Idaho Temple
Exterior cladding underway; sheathing the entry portico; installing windows
Knoxville Tennessee Temple
Basement walls poured; pouring main level footings
Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 8 June 2024; full-scale construction pending
Londrina Brazil Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony
Salt Lake Temple
4th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; angel Moroni returned to east central spire; preparing to pour north and south transfer girders; building the visitor and patron pavilions; Assembly Hall and Beehive House renovations underway
Cobán Guatemala Temple
193rd dedicated temple in operation
Farmington New Mexico Temple
Exterior lighting tests underway; stone cladding completed; landscaping and interior work progressing
Syracuse Utah Temple
Installing stained glass; installing property wall; exterior cladding nearing completion; landscaping the grounds
Grand Junction Colorado Temple
Exterior cladding completed; art glass windows installed; laying grass sod; landscaping and interior work nearing completion
Bacolod Philippines Temple
Sheathing and stone cladding underway; work continues on site drainage system; ancillary building roof frame in place with interior work underway
Elko Nevada Temple
Stone cladding completed; painting, tiling, and millwork getting underway
Auckland New Zealand Temple
Exterior cladding nearing completion; stained-glass windows installed; landscaping and interior work well underway; temple president and matron called
Newport Beach California Temple
122nd dedicated temple in operation
Yorba Linda California Temple
Framing the steeple; stone cladding the exterior walls; underlayment installed for the roof
Deseret Peak Utah Temple
Preparing for public open house beginning 26 September 2024
Orem Utah Temple
188th dedicated temple in operation
Taylorsville Utah Temple
192nd dedicated temple in operation
Teton River Idaho Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 1 June 2024; full-scale construction pending
Cleveland Ohio Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 1 June 2024; full-scale construction pending
Taylorsville Utah Temple
192nd dedicated temple in operation
Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple
Building the concrete structural frame
Davao Philippines Temple
Exterior cladding progressing; interior work underway
Lindon Utah Temple
Spires installed atop the tower frames; stone cladding underway