Provo's First Temple to Be Renamed the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple
A new name has been released for the Provo Utah Temple, which will close on Saturday for reconstruction. The new temple will be known as the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple. During the closure, members of the temple district are encouraged to attend other operating temples. The new building will still stand at the mouth of Rock Canyon on Provo's east bench, overlooking Brigham Young University, the Provo Missionary Training Center, and Utah Lake. The temple will be built to current codes with energy-efficient electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. It will feature a reconfigured layout from the previous building.
Location for the Jacksonville Florida Temple Announced
The First Presidency has released the location for the Jacksonville Florida Temple site. The single-story, 29,000-square-foot temple will stand on a 6.6-acre property located at 3323 Loretto Road in Jacksonville. There are two dedicated temples in Florida—the Orlando Florida Temple (which will soon undergo renovation) and the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple. Construction of the Tallahassee Florida Temple is nearing completion, and the site location for the Tampa Florida Temple has been announced.
Groundbreaking Date Announced for the Teton River Idaho Temple
Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, Second Counselor in the North America Central Area Presidency, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Teton River Idaho Temple on Saturday, June 1, 2024. The temple will stand on a 16.6-acre site located northwest of Second East and 2000 North in the city of Rexburg. Plans call for a three-story building of approximately 130,000 square feet.
Scaffolding Removed from the Farmington New Mexico Temple
Scaffolding has been removed from the Farmington New Mexico Temple, revealing the beautifully completed steeple. Narrow panes of art glass have been installed in the body of the steeple beneath decorative lintels. The stonework is ornamented with sculpted patterns that reflect the design motif. A metal finial stands at the top of the spire, bringing the structure to a fine point.
Secretary General Tours the Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple Site
The Secretary General of the Union of Construction Workers of Argentina (UOCRA) for Bahía Blanca toured the construction site of the Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple today. He met with those responsible for worker safety and emphasized the importance of ensuring safe working conditions for all participating in the construction. He was deeply thankful for the kind attention and cordiality he received during his visit.
Foundation Work Underway on the Fort Worth Texas Temple
Work has begun on installing the foundation for the Fort Worth Texas Temple. Walls are being formed for the partial basement where the baptismal font will be housed, and footings will soon be formed for the main floor walls. Reinforced concrete pipe has been staged on site for the drainage system, and heavy equipment is being used to trench and move earth. The building will stand in the Fort Worth suburb of Burleson.
Alaskan Organizations Collect Donated Materials from Stake Center
The 50-year-old stake center for the Anchorage Alaska Stake is being disassembled and prepared for demolition to make way for a new temple building that will replace the current temple once it is completed. The retiring meetinghouse will bless over 25 organizations in Alaska in the form of donated materials. For example, volunteers from Alaska Children’s Institute for the Performing Arts in Kenai came on Saturday, February 17, to collect curtains, trim, finish wood, and a handicap access ramp for their theater that burned down three years ago. They had been crowd-sourcing materials and funds to rebuild ever since the fire. "These materials are a godsend," said Mayor Micciche.
Provo Utah Temple Packed with Patrons Ahead of Closure
Patrons have been packing the Provo Utah Temple as it enters its final days of operation before closing for demolition and reconstruction at the conclusion of ordinance work on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Preliminary construction and staging has been underway across Temple Hill Dr where the overflow parking lot is located. Temporary electrical poles have been installed, and a portion of the property has been cleared.
Elder Stevenson Visits with the Media in Nairobi, Kenya
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles appeared on NTV Kenya today as part of a nine-day ministry visit to Africa. He was accompanied by Elder Ian S. Ardern, president of the Africa Central Area, and President Denis M. Mukasa, president of the Nairobi Kenya East Stake. Among the topics discussed was the Nairobi Kenya Temple. Construction of the temple is ongoing and is expected to be completed within the next two years.
Winter Sun Over the Lindon Utah Temple
The dazzling rays of the sun cast light on the recently installed spires of the Lindon Utah Temple, following a winter storm that left the ground covered in blankets of snow. The double towers of the temple rise over the eastern side of the city—the sixth in Utah County to be home to a house of the Lord. With two temples located in Provo, there are seven total in the county, but the 52-year-old Provo Utah Temple will close for demolition and reconstruction at the end of next week.
San Diego California Temple Renovation Progressing
A patch of blue peeks through the clouds over the San Diego California Temple. Scaffolding surrounds nearly the entire building as refurbishment of the art-glass windows continues. Solar-powered security cameras keep the property under constant surveillance. President Russell M. Nelson has said: "Whenever any kind of upheaval occurs in your life, the safest place to be spiritually is living inside your temple covenants."
Pouring Roof Slabs for the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple
The exterior walls for the main body of the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple are in place, and several sections of the roof have been poured. Columns are being formed inside the building to support the windowed tower that will rise over the center of the roof. Materials have been staged for the storm drainage system that is being installed including corrugated plastic pipe and concrete catch basins.
Final Steel Support Installed for the Salt Lake Temple Spires
A feeling of celebration spread across Temple Square on Tuesday, February 13, as the final steel support for the spires of the Salt Lake Temple was lifted into place—nearly four years after the iconic structures were removed as part of a massive renovation and seismic upgrade. "It’s a joyful feeling to know that anyone can now look at the temple and say to themselves, 'I can start to see and recognize something that is familiar to me,'" said Josh Fenn, Jacobsen Construction project executive and project director. "I hope people will take satisfaction in seeing more and more things that are familiar come back to them."
Parking Lots Striped Around the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Fresh stripes delineate the parking spaces in the lots surrounding the Tallahassee Florida Temple. The grounds have been extensively landscaped with a wide variety of rocks, drought-tolerant plants, and trees—including beautiful palm trees placed in key locations. The gold-accented temple has been under construction for the past 32 months.
Evening Rededication Session Announced for the Manti Utah Temple
The Manti Utah Temple will be rededicated in one session on the evening of Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. MDT. The First Presidency made the announcement today with the direction that the standard two-hour Church meetings should be held at their regular times. The temple is currently being prepared for a public open house to be held from Thursday, March 14, through Friday, April 5, 2024, excluding Sundays. Free reservations to tour the interior of the historic temple are currently available online.
Teresina Brazil Temple Rendering Is Released
A artistic rendering depicting the exterior of the Teresina Brazil Temple was published today. The temple will be built on a 3.6-acre property located at the convergence of Av. Raul Lopes and Rua Des. Pedro Conde in the Noivos neighborhood of Teresina. Plans call for a temple of approximately 25,420 square feet. It will be the first temple constructed in the state of Piauí. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Exterior Rendering Published for the Natal Brazil Temple
An exterior rendering of the Natal Brazil Temple was released to the public today. The temple will be constructed on a 5.53-acre site located on Av. Senador Salgado Filho (BR-101) in the Nova Parnamirim neighborhood of Parnamirim, a suburb of Natal. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 19,800 square feet. It will be the first temple built in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
Major Renovation Announced for the Orlando Florida Temple
A major renovation has been announced for the 30-year-old Orlando Florida Temple. The temple will close in July 2024 and reopen at a future date that will be announced near the conclusion of the renovation. One other dedicated temple operates in the state—the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple. Construction of the Tallahassee Florida Temple is nearing completion, and plans have been announced for temples in Tampa and Jacksonville.
Open House and Dedication Announced for the Casper Wyoming Temple
The public is invited to an open house of the Casper Wyoming Temple from Thursday, August 29, through Saturday, September 14, 2024, excluding Sundays. Before the public portion of the open house, a media day will be held on Monday, August 26, followed by two days of invited guest tours. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the temple in two sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. MDT on Sunday, October 13, 2024. The sessions will be broadcast to all units in the temple district.
San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple Monument Sign
The monument sign on the grounds of the San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple has been completed. The mission-style structure harmonizes perfectly with the design and color of the temple. Flowers have been planted in the surrounding flowerbeds where a lighting fixture has been wired to illuminate the sign at night. The temple complex has been under construction for the past 41 months and is receiving its finishing touches.
Mock-Up at the Willamette Valley Oregon Temple Site
A mock-up has been erected at the Willamette Valley Oregon Temple site, providing a physical example of how the temple exterior is being constructed. The walls of the temple were formed with ICF blocks and filled with concrete. A turquoise sealant is currently being applied as an additional moisture barrier. Concrete has been poured for the baptismal font and main floor slab. Steel framing for the roof will begin shortly.
Sheathing the Exterior of the Bacolod Philippines Temple
Yellow sheathing boards are being attached to the Bacolod Philippines Temple to form the exterior surfaces of the 26,700-square-foot house of the Lord. Bacolod, known as "The City of Smiles," is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Negros. In April 2023, a temple was announced for the neighboring island of Panay, situated northwest of Negros. The Iloilo Philippines Temple will stand approximately 30 miles (48 km) west of the Bacolod Philippines Temple across the Guimaras Strait.
Installing Stained Glass in the Auckland New Zealand Temple
The installation of stained glass in the Auckland New Zealand Temple is underway. The majority of the building has been clad in stone with the exception of the steeple. New Zealand currently has one temple in operation, the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, which was dedicated in 1958 and rededicated in 2022, following a four-year renovation. A site location in Porirua, near Wellington, has been announced for New Zealand's third temple—the Wellington New Zealand Temple.
Building the Steeple Frame of the Neiafu Tonga Temple
A glorious sunrise over the islands of Vava'u colored the skies in golden hues last month, creating a magnificent backdrop for the rising steeple frame of the Neiafu Tonga Temple. Framing is in place for the pitched roofs that sit over the wings of the building, and an underlayment has been installed. It the second temple to be constructed in the Kingdom of Tonga—the first being the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple (1983).
Groundbreaking Announced for the San Luis Potosí Mexico Temple
Groundbreaking services for the San Luis Potosí Mexico Temple will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Elder Sean Douglas, General Authority Seventy, will preside and offer the site dedicatory prayer. The 9,300-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 3.87-acre site located across from Parque Morales in San Luis Potosí. Plans for the temple were announced in April 2022, and the site location was announced in October 2022.
A Beautiful New Landmark in the City of Antofagasta, Chile
The crisp white walls of the Antofagasta Chile Temple stand in beautiful contrast to the surrounding mountains and colorful residences of "The Pearl of the North." A significant amount of landscaping has taken place on the grounds, including gathering plazas, tiered retaining walls, lamp posts, ornamental fencing, concrete stairs and curbing, benches, trees, and plants.
Exterior and Interior Progress on the Burley Idaho Temple
A spell of unseasonably warm winter weather in the Magic Valley has produced ideal conditions for making significant progress on the exterior stonework of the Burley Idaho Temple. Work has also begun on glazing the stained-glass windows. On the interior, nearly all of the drywall has been hung, dark mahogany millwork is being installed, and decorative gold leaf is being added.
Welcome Center Closing at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
Monday, February 5, will be the last day to visit the Welcome Center at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple. The center will be closing at the end of regular operating hours, allowing the trailer to be removed and the area to be landscaped. The wonderful missionary couple will conclude their service soon afterward and return home to the state of Washington. Light fixtures are being installed on the newly clad footbridge, and landscaping efforts continue.
Exterior Cladding Progress at the Ephraim Utah Temple
On the south side of the Ephraim Utah Temple, cream-colored sandstone panels are being hung on the waterproofed exterior walls. Each side of the temple features a series of upper arched windows and lower rectangular windows separated by pilasters. Visitors to the construction site are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Center where the missionary couple will answer questions and present photographs of the construction process.
Demolition Activity Underway at the Stockholm Sweden Temple
Demolition of the Stockholm Sweden Temple has begun, which will be reconstructed and expanded to serve the members of the temple district. The temple closed at the conclusion of ordinance work on Saturday, March 25, 2023. The temple will nearly double in size from 16,366 square feet to some 31,000 square feet. It will feature two instruction rooms for presentation of the endowment with 40 seats each. Construction is anticipated to last approximately three years.