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Bangkok Thailand Temple Site Cleared

The contractor has completed demolition work at the Bangkok Thailand Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking; temple site clearing completed
Bangkok Thailand Temple
site, which has been fully cleared and cleaned in preparation for Saturday's groundbreaking ceremony. Work will begin with construction of an underground parking facility followed by construction of the temple and a multipurpose Church office building.

Construction of Kinshasa DRC Temple Completed

The general contractor has finished work on the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
Construction completed; preparing temple for public open house; painting and refreshing other buildings on site
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.

Trujillo Alto Ward Building in San Juan to Be Razed

After Church services are held tomorrow at the Trujillo Alto Ward chapel, the building will be permanently closed for demolition and preparation of the property for construction of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
Trujillo Alto Ward chapel closed on January 20, 2019 in preparation for demolition
San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
and a new chapel to house the Trujillo Alto Ward. The ward will temporarily meet at the Carolina Ward chapel.

New Opening Dates Scheduled for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple

The First Presidency has announced a revised opening schedule for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Interior drywall finished; stone installation underway in baptistry; door frames and crown moldings being installed; pouring concrete for parking lots
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
. The public open house will begin Saturday, August 3, and continue through Saturday, August 17, 2019, except for Sundays. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, September 1, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

Elder Walter F. González, president of the Caribbean Area, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
Trujillo Alto Ward chapel closed on January 20, 2019 in preparation for demolition
San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only, but the services are anticipated to be transmitted via internet to local meetinghouses. Construction will take about two years.

Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple Rededication

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, will preside over the rededication of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
95th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding the entrance; landscaping underway
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Attendance will be by invitation with no interruption to the two-hour block of Sunday meetings. No open house or youth devotional will be held.

Private Rededication Announced for the Memphis Tennessee Temple

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside over the rededication of the Memphis Tennessee Temple
80th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding completed; installing stained-glass windows
Memphis Tennessee Temple
on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Attendance at the session will be by invitation with no broadcast to local meetinghouses. The two-hour block of Sunday meetings will continue as planned. No open house or youth devotional will be scheduled.

Elder Holland Breaks Ground for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided on January 16 over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Groundbreaking held on January 16, 2019; full-scale construction pending
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
. He noted the spiritual feeling he had when he first visited the property seven years earlier as a candidate site for the temple. It will be the third temple constructed in the Philippines with three more in the planning stages.

Interior of the Rome Italy Temple Revealed

An invitation to tour the Rome Italy Temple
VIP/Media tours underway
Rome Italy Temple
has been issued from Church headquarters including an official video and accompanying photographs showcasing the interior. Tours of the temple begin Monday, January 28, and continue through Saturday, February 16, 2019. The temple will be dedicated in March.

Building Demolition Completed at Bangkok Thailand Temple Site

Demolition of the Church office building that once occupied the site of the Bangkok Thailand Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking; temple site clearing completed
Bangkok Thailand Temple
is now completed. Site clearing continues in preparation for the groundbreaking ceremony that will be held in two weeks. A replacement office building will be constructed on site behind the temple.

Artist Rendering Released for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

The official rendering was released today for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
Trujillo Alto Ward chapel closed on January 20, 2019 in preparation for demolition
San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
, which depicts a domed spire rising over the temple entrance, honoring the Spanish colonial architecture found throughout historic Old San Juan. The temple will be constructed on the site of the Trujillo Alto chapel near the center of the San Juan metropolitan area. A groundbreaking is anticipated to be held in 2019.

Open House and Dedication Announced for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple

The First Presidency has announced the opening dates for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple
Construction completed; furnishing and preparing buildings for public open house
Fortaleza Brazil Temple
. The public is invited to attend an open house beginning Saturday, April 27, and continuing through Saturday, May 18, 2019. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, June 2, with youth devotional held the day before on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Swift Progress at the Arequipa Peru Temple

Contractors at the Arequipa Peru Temple
Installing and testing exterior lighting ; erecting perimeter fencing; interior work progressing
Arequipa Peru Temple
site are working at a commendable pace on the buildings and grounds. On the west side of the property, the guardhouse, monument sign, and decorative perimeter fence are in place. The lighting system for the grounds and temple exterior is largely installed and undergoing testing.

Renovation Progress at the Asunción Paraguay Temple

Construction activities continue at the Asunción Paraguay Temple
112th operating temple; closed for renovation; interior and exterior work underway
Asunción Paraguay Temple
, which is the sole temple in Latin America undergoing renovation. Upgrades to the roof have been carried out, some exterior stone has been removed, some landscaping has been torn out, and workers have stained the walkways around the temple.

Property Fence Erected at the Brasília Brazil Temple Site

A new chain-link and barbed-wire fence installed around the site for the Brasília Brazil Temple
Planning and approval phase; property fence erected around temple site
Brasília Brazil Temple
has given local members hope that a groundbreaking may be announced in the near future with construction of the temple to follow. Plans for the temple were announced two years ago at the General Conference held in April 2017.

Preparing for the Rome Italy Temple Open House

After more than eight years of construction, the breathtaking Rome Italy Temple
VIP/Media tours underway
Rome Italy Temple
will finally open to the public at the end of this month beginning Monday, January 28, and continuing through Saturday, February 16, 2019. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the stunning reproductions of Thorvaldsen's Christus statue and twelve apostles housed in the visitors' center.

First Presidency Statement on Temples Released

The First Presidency has issued the following statement: "Whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth who will obey His word, they have been commanded to build temples. Scriptures document patterns of temple worship from the times of Adam and Eve, Moses, Solomon, Nephi, and others. With the restoration of the gospel in these latter days, temple worship has also been restored to bless the lives of people across the world and on the other side of the veil as well. Over these many centuries, details associated with temple work have been adjusted periodically, including language, methods of construction, communication, and record-keeping. Prophets have taught that there will be no end to such adjustments as directed by the Lord to His servants. A dedicated temple is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth. Its ordinances are sacred and are not discussed outside a holy temple."

A New Year of Construction in Rio de Janeiro

Construction continues on Brazil's eighth temple in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro—the former capital of Brazil, the second largest city in the country, and the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. The stained-glass windows have been installed, and stone cladding of the tower and exterior walls is advancing.

Scaffolding Coming Down at Memphis Tennessee Temple

The majority of scaffolding around the Memphis Tennessee Temple
80th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding completed; installing stained-glass windows
Memphis Tennessee Temple
has come down as stained-glass installation and stone cladding wrap up. Other temples in the United States of this same floor plan are undergoing renovation at the same time including the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
95th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding the entrance; landscaping underway
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
, 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; exterior walls waterproofed; installing hanging brackets for exterior stone; stone cladding progressing on rear; installing lamp posts
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
.

Concrete Slab Poured for Monument Sign in Lisbon

More concrete is being poured at the Lisbon Portugal Temple
Concrete slab poured for monument sign; adding hard landscaping structure on north side of temple
Lisbon Portugal Temple
grounds including the concrete slab that will hold the monument sign, located at the southeast corner of the temple. On the north side of the building, concrete landscaping walls are appearing along with irrigation and electrical lines to create beautiful gardens.

Preparing for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple Groundbreaking

Members of the groundbreaking committee for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Groundbreaking held on January 16, 2019; full-scale construction pending
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
are holding meetings and coordinating logistics for the historic services that will be held in less than three weeks on January 16, 2019, with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. The temple will be the third constructed in the Philippines.

Traditional Christmas Display Absent in New Zealand

Due to the renovation of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
11th operating temple; closed for renovation; dismantling the interior
Hamilton New Zealand Temple
, the traditional annual Christmas display on the grounds of the temple was absent this year. Many expressed that they missed experiencing the beautiful sights and sounds of the season. The temple will be closed for at least three years.

2018: A Year of Temple Announcements

The year of 2018 saw the dedication of 2 new temples (Concepción Chile Temple
160th operating temple
Concepción Chile Temple
and Barranquilla Colombia Temple
161st operating temple
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
), the rededication of 2 existing temples (Houston Texas Temple
97th operating temple
Houston Texas Temple
and Jordan River Utah Temple
20th operating temple
Jordan River Utah Temple
), the groundbreaking for 1 temple (Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Setting poles for construction barrier
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
), and the announcement of a whopping 19 new temples to be constructed across the globe.

Mesa Arizona Temple: Christmas Eve Edition

The latest renovation update video for 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
, posted on Christmas Eve, shows us the construction activities that were carried out during the last month of 2018. Much of the the work remains below ground level including the creation of large irrigation water storage system.

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple Exterior Progress

A black waterproofing mastic has been applied to all of the exterior walls of the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
94th operating temple; closed for renovation; exterior walls waterproofed; installing hanging brackets for exterior stone; stone cladding progressing on rear; installing lamp posts
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
, and brackets are being attached for hanging the stone cladding. Work on hanging the stone panels started along the rear side of the temple and will wrap around to the front in coming weeks.

Hard Landscaping at the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple

More hard landscaping elements are appearing at the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
95th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding the entrance; landscaping underway
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
including new flowerbeds, curbing, walkways, and parking surfaces. The building's exterior will be finished once the entrance has been clad in stone and permanent doors have been installed.

Preparing for the Holidays at the Durban South Africa Temple

As workers prepare for a three-week holiday break, activities at the Durban South Africa Temple
Drywalling, painting, tiling, plumbing, and installing HVAC, electrical, and fire suppression equipment; adding more trees and plants
Durban South Africa Temple
site have focused on cleanup and reinforcing the terraced grounds. Shade cloth was laid, and several new trees and plants were added. Inside the temple, artists took necessary measurements while contractors continued the work of hanging drywall and installing HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire suppression equipment.

Reopening Dates Announced for the Oakland California Temple

The newly renovated Oakland California Temple
13th operating temple; closed for renovation; interior work progressing
Oakland California Temple
will open to the public for an open house period beginning Saturday, May 11, and concluding Saturday, June 1, 2019, except for Sundays. The temple will be rededicated in three sessions held on Sunday, June 16, 2019. A youth devotional will be held the evening prior.

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.