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Site Location Announced for the Layton Utah Temple

The site of the Layton Utah Temple has been announced through an official news release as an 11.8-acre property located at the corner of Oak Hills Drive and Rosewood Lane on the southeast side of Layton. Plans are still being developed for a three-story building of approximately 87,000 square feet. Project leaders will begin filing public documents with the City in the coming months. The official rendering will be released at a later date. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

More Foundation Walls Poured for the Pocatello Idaho Temple

The foundation walls for the Pocatello Idaho Temple continue to appear along the northern and eastern sides of the future basement. Terraced footings coming off the western and northern sides rise up to the main floor level. Concrete slabs will eventually be poured for the main floor over both the partial basement and the dirt surfaces between the basement walls and the main floor footings. Watch the latest video update.

Structural Framing Continues for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Structural framing for the entrance to the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple was set into place today. The entrance will support a handsome steeple with a gold-colored spire, capped with an angel Moroni statue. On the rear side of the roof, framing for a chimney can be seen. Exterior walls have been attached to much of the steel structure.

Parking Lot Curbing Being Poured at the Mesa Arizona Temple

The latest flight around the Mesa Arizona Temple shows new parking lot curbing being poured at the southeast corner of the property. Rebar has been set for the west reflection pool slab, and the area designated for the Easter Pageant stage on the north lawn has been built up. Across the street from the temple, work on the substructure for the Discover Center is well underway including underground parking.

Substructure Work Underway for the Bangkok Thailand Temple

The Bangkok Thailand Temple site is now buzzing with the sounds of bulldozers, backhoes, concrete mixers, pile drivers, and cranes. Work has commenced on building a safe and firm substructure for the temple and its supporting facilities including an underground parking garage. Underground activities are expected to continue for the next several months.

Roofing Completed for Durban South Africa Temple

The final roof shingles have been set in place atop the Durban South Africa Temple, and marble cladding of the front façade nears completion. Interior art glass windows and millwork continue to be installed inside while work progresses outside on the fountain medallion, landscaping, brick pavers, and walkways.

Hong Kong China Temple Closes for Renovation

The Hong Kong China Temple officially closes today to accommodate an extensive renovation. It was the first multipurpose temple building constructed by the Church, housing a temple, meetinghouse, family history center, mission office, and three apartments. Non-temple spaces are expected to be reclaimed for temple worship, as the Church in recent years has constructed a meetinghouse, housing facilities, mission office, and distribution center across the street.

Green Lawns at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple

The grounds of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple continue to take shape with the recent addition of grass and other plants to the temple's garden areas. The palm trees are becoming better established, and pavers have been laid for the walkways. The removal of scaffolding from around the tower has been completed while finish work progresses on the interior.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Water Feature

With construction wrapping up at the Lisbon Portugal Temple, the multi-streamed water feature has gone into operation. Colorful flowers add splashes of the white, yellow, and red to a backdrop of dark green foliage. The gold-accented temple and adjoining meetinghouse will be open for tours next month.

Preparing for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Open House

During the month of July, the final touches and preparations will be made for the open house of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, beginning Saturday, August 3, 2019. The official photographs will be taken for the news release, inviting the public to tour the interior of the striking new edifice, located behind the chapel on Route de Freres.

Nauvoo Illinois Temple Struck by Lightning

On Friday afternoon, June 28, a severe thunderstorm passing through western Illinois sent lightning toward the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, striking the statue of the angel Moroni and blackening its face and upper torso. The reverberating boom stunned temple patrons, tourists, and Nauvoo residents. Temple lightning strikes are not uncommon, and the steeples of temples are equipped with grounding devices to minimize damage.

Arequipa Peru Temple Art Glass Windows

The art glass windows in the Arequipa Peru Temple feature beautiful depictions of a flower that is representative of Arequipa known as El Texao. The deep reds and vibrant greens are especially visible at night when the light emanating from the temple's interior backlights the stunning details of the windows.

Interior Artists Arrive at the Durban South Africa Temple

Decorative painting on the ceilings and walls of the Durban South Africa Temple is being carried out by recently arrived artists with expertise in stenciling, gold leafing, and other fine detailing. Railings in the baptistry are being installed while millwork and marble baseboard installation continue. The final section of roofing is nearing completion, and heavy equipment is leveling the south side of the parking area. More utility connections are being established.

Furnishing the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Many of the members looking forward to the completion of the Lisbon Portugal Temple are accepting a call made on Facebook to fast and pray for the temple furnishings to be released from customs so that the installation will be completed by the July 1 deadline. The public open house is scheduled to begin in just over seven weeks on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Foundation Walls Rising for the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Watch the latest video update for the Pocatello Idaho Temple to see the first foundation walls that have been poured for the basement level. The basement will house mechanical equipment, an engineer's office, and hold the baptismal font for the first-floor baptistry. Also sharing the first floor will be the recommend desk, chapel, dressing rooms, bride's room, and office area. Four 50-seat ordinance rooms will occupy the second level with a two-story Celestial Room. And on the third floor will be four sealing rooms and a marriage waiting room.

Furniture Arriving at the Frankfurt Germany Temple

Furniture deliveries are being made to the Frankfurt Germany Temple in large crates that can be seen on the temple grounds. Refurbishment continues on the exterior of the villa (temple president's residence), and rolls of sod are greening up areas once covered in dirt. Flowers are being planted in preparation for September's open house.

Steeple Added to Meetinghouse at Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Site

Watch a video taken yesterday of the installation of the steeple atop the meetinghouse at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple site. Exterior walls have been attached to the steel frame of the temple. Numerous trees are on site waiting until they can be integrated into the landscaping. Work is moving quickly in the warmth of the summer months.

Ready to Pour West Reflection Pool at the Mesa Arizona Temple

The mid-June video update on the Mesa Arizona Temple shows the concrete forms in place for pouring the west reflection pool, directly across from the main entrance. The slab for the north reflection pool has already been completed. Work continues on building a retaining wall around the temple, and the major trees are now in place across the entire grounds.

East Parking Lot Demolition Underway at the Washington D.C. Temple

Landscaping changes at the Washington D.C. Temple are proceeding with the demolition of the east side of the parking lot. The west side was demolished several months ago, allowing for the replacement of water lines. Once demolition is completed, new hard landscaping will be installed and soft landscaping will follow, bringing life and beauty to the grounds of this House of the Lord.

Lighting the Exterior of the Lisbon Portugal Temple

The exterior lighting system for the Lisbon Portugal Temple has been installed, and nighttime lighting is underway, creating a dazzling spectacle for motorists and passers-by traveling Avenida Dom João II. Finish work continues inside the temple while landscaping efforts continue outside the temple.

Open House and Dedication Announced for the Durban South Africa Temple

The First Presidency has announced a public open house for the Durban South Africa Temple beginning Wednesday, January 22, and continuing through Saturday, February 1, 2020. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, February 16, 2020, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. A youth devotional will be held the evening prior to the dedication on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Landscaping Underway at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Grounds

The construction barrier that surrounded the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple has been removed, revealing the permanent decorative fencing that has been installed and the work that has started on landscaping the grounds. The tower pedestal has been clad in stone, and the scaffolding is being removed. When the temple is dedicated, it will become the eighth dedicated temple in Brazil.

Belém Brazil Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced

In a letter sent to area seventies, stake presidents, district presidents, and mission presidents, the presidency of the Brazil Area has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, will preside. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only, but the proceedings will be broadcast live via the internet. The temple will be constructed in a central location to the Belém metropolitan area near the Val de Cans International Airport.

Oakland California Temple Rededicated

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, presided over today's rededication of the Oakland California Temple. He was accompanied by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "I'm astonished at the beauty of what has been done in the restoration of the Oakland Temple," President Oaks said. More than 123,000 people toured the building during the open house. Elder Bednar said, "People are drawn, not just to the beauty of this place. You feel something when you come onto the grounds of the temple."

Stained Glass Installed at the Raleigh North Carolina Temple

The cream-colored stone exterior of the Raleigh North Carolina Temple has been accented by soothing blue and green swirls captured in the recently installed stained-glass windows. Asphalt has been installed for the driveway, and the landscaping for the park-like grounds is nearing completion.

Aerial View of the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Take a flight around the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple site to see the latest progress on the renovation including the recently installed stained-glass windows and entrance doors, the beautiful landscaping filling the grounds, and the elegant window-filled tower capped by a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni.

Oakland California Temple Youth Devotional

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, will preside at a youth devotional on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in anticipation of the rededication of the Oakland California Temple on Sunday, June 16, 2019. President Oaks will be accompanied by his wife, Kristen, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Susan. The devotional begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Oakland Interstake Center.

Forms Set for Elevator Shaft at Pocatello Idaho Temple

The concrete mixer at the Pocatello Idaho Temple construction site is hard at work churning out concrete for the extensive system of footings being poured to support the foundation. Footings started at the basement level, including a footing to support the baptismal font. Work has now progressed to the main floor level, and forms have been set for an elevator shaft.

Durban South Africa Temple Tower Cladding Completed

Scaffolding around the Durban South Africa Temple tower is being dismantled, as crews have finished cladding the structure in marble. The wall mosaic in the baptistry is nearly finished, and installers are expertly fitting marble baseboards, door frames and trim, and other millwork. The monument sign slab has been poured at the entrance to the property while work continues on connecting to utility mains and adding road layers. Landscaping efforts carry on as does the meticulous work of piecing together the water feature medallion.

Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Enters Final Weeks of Construction

Crews at the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple will be working quickly over the next few weeks to wrap up construction and turn the building over to the Church. Trees and plants have filled the garden space behind the temple, decorative bars are being installed over the windows, and the meetinghouse extension is nearing completion. The open house begins in just under eight weeks on August 3, 2019.
Layton Utah Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location officially announced on July 15, 2019
Pocatello Idaho Temple
Pouring foundation walls
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Temple exterior walls attached; steel framework installed for chimney
Mesa Arizona Temple
7th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; pouring retaining wall around temple; forms set for west reflecting pool slab; slab poured for north reflecting pool
Bangkok Thailand Temple
Substructure work underway
Durban South Africa Temple
Installing art glass windows, lockers, televisions, screens, curtain mechanics, baptismal font railing, marble baseboards, doors, trim, landscaping, and irrigation
Hong Kong China Temple
48th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Construction barrier replaced by decorative fencing; landscaping underway; scaffolding being removed from temple tower
Lisbon Portugal Temple
Construction completed; preparing temple for open house; water feature operating
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Construction completed; preparing temple for open house
Nauvoo Illinois Temple
113th dedicated temple in operation
Arequipa Peru Temple
Grounds and exterior completed; interior finish work progressing
Durban South Africa Temple
Installing art glass windows, lockers, televisions, screens, curtain mechanics, baptismal font railing, marble baseboards, doors, trim, landscaping, and irrigation
Lisbon Portugal Temple
Construction completed; preparing temple for open house; water feature operating
Pocatello Idaho Temple
Pouring foundation walls
Frankfurt Germany Temple
41st dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; furniture being delivered; laying sod
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Temple exterior walls attached; steel framework installed for chimney
Mesa Arizona Temple
7th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; pouring retaining wall around temple; forms set for west reflecting pool slab; slab poured for north reflecting pool
Washington D.C. Temple
16th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; east parking lot demolition underway; interior and exterior renovations continue
Lisbon Portugal Temple
Construction completed; preparing temple for open house; water feature operating
Durban South Africa Temple
Installing art glass windows, lockers, televisions, screens, curtain mechanics, baptismal font railing, marble baseboards, doors, trim, landscaping, and irrigation
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Construction barrier replaced by decorative fencing; landscaping underway; scaffolding being removed from temple tower
Belém Brazil Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking
Oakland California Temple
13th dedicated temple in operation
Raleigh North Carolina Temple
68th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; exterior and grounds nearly completed
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
94th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; stained-glass windows installed; entrance doors installed; landscaping progressing
Oakland California Temple
13th dedicated temple in operation
Pocatello Idaho Temple
Pouring foundation walls
Durban South Africa Temple
Installing art glass windows, lockers, televisions, screens, curtain mechanics, baptismal font railing, marble baseboards, doors, trim, landscaping, and irrigation
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Construction completed; preparing temple for open house