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Tokyo Japan Temple Renovation Continues

Renovation activities continue at the nearly 40-year-old Tokyo Japan Temple. Structural framing can be seen for a new entrance structure that has been attached to the temple, and a new annex building has risen over the location of the previous facility. Construction walls and debris netting help reduce the impact of construction on the surrounding buildings by mitigating noise and dust.

5K Run Celebrates the Raleigh North Carolina Temple

A Labor Day 5K run has been organized to celebrate next month's reopening of the Raleigh North Carolina Temple. The event is free and open to the public at any athletic level including runners, joggers, walkers, and stroller pushers. The event begins September 2, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. at Olive Chapel Elementary School at 1751 Olive Chapel Rd and ends at the temple and stake center complex located at 574 Bryan Dr in Apex.

Pile Driving at the Bangkok Thailand Temple Site

Work continues on the pile foundation for the Bangkok Thailand Temple complex. The post-like structures help support the weight of heavy buildings by transferring the load to layers of soil with greater bearing capacity. A minimum of four months is expected to complete this phase of construction. Views of the progress are afforded by a multi-story building next door to the temple site. Watch a video of the current progress.

Footings Poured for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple

A satellite photograph taken last month of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple site shows the footings for the temple and two supporting facilities, which appear to be an accommodation center and a utility building. The property is surrounded by a stand of beautiful trees that have been preserved.

Curbing Poured at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Construction at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple complex has made several notable advancements including recently poured curbing, an addition to the structural support for the temple tower, more roofing underlayment attached to the roof deck, the installation of several lamp posts, and the laying of brick at the meetinghouse.

Ground Broken for the Belém Brazil Temple

"May this work be a symbol of light and a representation of the love of Jesus Christ to all," said President Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, in his site dedicatory prayer at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple held on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Hundreds of Church members and guests gathered to the site to participate in the historic services including Church, civil, religious, and community leaders. For years, faithful members have looked forward to the day when a temple would be built in their midst, having previously participated in temple ordinances in the distant cities of São Paulo, Campinas, Recife, and most recently Manaus.

East Parking Removal Completed at the Washington D.C. Temple

Removal of the east parking lot from the Washington D.C. Temple has been completed, and concrete crushers are breaking down the fragments for use in the new parking lot. Art glass is being reinstalled on the west side of the temple while the glass on the east side is being removed. New stairs are being constructed off the visitors' center balcony.

Carpet Arrives at the Durban South Africa Temple

A team from Salt Lake City has arrived in South Africa to install the carpets for the Durban South Africa Temple and missionary housing facility. Work continues on the exterior marble, entrance staircase, millwork, trim and baseboards, flooring, and decorative painting and gilding. More plants are filling the designated garden spaces, more pavers are being laid, and more lamp posts are being installed.

Retaining Walls Going Up at the Pocatello Idaho Temple Site

Workers at the Pocatello Idaho Temple site are setting decorative concrete blocks to create the extensive retaining structures that will surround the southeast parking lot and the east (rear) side of the temple. Concrete bases are also being installed for the lamp posts that will light the grounds. Foundation walls continue to be poured including a basement wall at the southeast corner of the temple and shorter walls along the north side. Watch the video update from last week's drone flight.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Tours Begin Saturday

Free information and tours of the newly completed Lisbon Portugal Temple will be made available to the public beginning Saturday, August 17, through Saturday, August 31, 2019, excluding Sundays. The temple will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Art Deco and Modern designs of the temple were inspired by star-patterned azulejo tiles found throughout Portugal. Colors include gold, blue, ochre and lavender. The exterior is clad in Portuguese Moleanos limestone. The warm-colored stone tiles are from Spain, Italy, and Turkey. Swarovski chandeliers are featured in the sealing rooms and celestial room. The etched art glass is highlighted by gold leaf accents. The 49-foot building is topped by a 134-foot spire and angel Moroni statue.

Open House Sign Posted at Frankfurt Germany Temple

The public is invited to tour the interior of the beautifully renovated Frankfurt Germany Temple beginning one month from today on Friday, September 13, through Saturday, September 28, 2019, excluding Sundays. A sign has been posted in the garden area near the entrance to the temple welcoming guests to the open house.

Preparing to Pour Floor Slab for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple

Subcontractors can be seen working on top of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple foundation. With the basement walls in place, a grid of rebar is being set in preparation for the concrete floor slab. Construction of the temple formally began nine months ago with a groundbreaking presided by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

West Reflection Pool Poured at the Mesa Arizona Temple

Progress continues on the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple where the concrete slab has been poured for the west reflection pool, palm trees are being planted on either side of the pool, more surface parking has been created at the southwest corner of the temple block, and the superstructure is rising for the Discovery Center across the street from the temple. Watch the most recent video update.

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Roofing Underlayment

The roofing underlayment being applied to the roof deck of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple will provide a waterproof barrier and an added layer of protection from harsh weather conditions. Exterior walls are being attached to the front entrance of the building. By enclosing the structure before winter, weather-related delays to construction will be reduced.

Lisbon Portugal Temple Open House Begins Next Week

While the public open house begins today for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, the first temple in Haiti, the open house is ready to begin next week for the Lisbon Portugal Temple, the first temple in Portugal. Members are thrilled to share these beautiful new building with their friends and family in the coming days.

Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Opens to Public

The public is invited to take a free tour of the interior of the newly completed Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple beginning Thursday, August 8, and continuing through Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hours on Saturdays are 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No tours are available on Sunday, August 11. The colors of blue, green, and gold are combined with a palm-leaf motif, symbolizing Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The carpet represents the island’s vegetation while the turquoise blue and lime green represent the ocean. The hibiscus, Haiti’s national flower, can be seen in the carpets.

Renovation Details Shared for the Hong Kong China Temple

Interior renderings and details of the renovation of the Hong Kong China Temple have been released. The temple closed last month for a three-year project that will upgrade the mechanical, electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. To create a better patron experience, some of the rooms and windows will be reconfigured, and the meetinghouse level will be repurposed for temple use. The building will receive better protection against moisture and will be refaced with new exterior stone. New art glass, artwork, and furniture—following an oriental motif—will beautify the interior of the building. The steeple and angel Moroni will be removed.

Idyllic Setting of the Arequipa Peru Temple

Cows munch on the soft green grass that fills the terraced pastureland below the Arequipa Peru Temple. The magnificent structure stands in a pocket of paradise in the middle of Arequipa's sprawling metropolitan area of over one million people. Finish work is progressing nicely inside the building where ornate light fixtures, detailed millwork, marble trim, and interior art glass are being installed.

Paint Removed from Exterior Walls of Hamilton New Zealand Temple

The iconic white exterior walls of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple are looking a little gray as crews remove the white paint as part of their thorough refurbishment efforts. Stacks of materials sit on the roof of the building to supply to the workers inside who are reconstructing the interior with all new materials. The renovation is expected to continue for another two years.

Official Rendering Released for the Belém Brazil Temple

Accompanying a news release today from the First Presidency announcing the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple was an official rendering of the sacred structure to be constructed on a site near the Val de Cans International Airport. The ceremony will be held in two weeks on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Heavy equipment is currently on site clearing the ground in preparation for the services.

Press Conference Scheduled for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple

On August 6, 2019, a press conference will be held for the newly completed Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple. Information about the temple and its significance will be communicated to national and international media. The following day, civic and community leaders will be invited to tour the interior of the temple and ask questions. The general public will then be invited for tours being held Thursday, August 8, through Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Progress at the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple is looking more beautiful than ever with a backdrop of blue skies, fluffy clouds, and mature trees. Installation of the decorative fencing has made its way to the front of the temple, sconces has been installed on either side of the entrance doors, and more soft landscaping has been planted. The temple opens to the public at the end of October for a week-long open house.

Surveyors at the Belém Brazil Temple Site

With next month's groundbreaking ceremony approaching for the Belém Brazil Temple, surveyors are making precise measurements and staking the site in anticipation of the building's construction. A regional choir has been assembled and is regularly practicing the musical numbers that will be presented at the service. Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, will preside.

Durban South Africa Temple Entrance Stairs

Scaffolding has been removed from the tower and entrance to the Durban South Africa Temple so that the entrance stairs may be constructed. Scaffolds still stand around the rest of the building, which stone layers are using to affix marble to the exterior. Work on the baptismal font has been completed, but finish work continues including millwork, gold leafing, and decorative painting. Driveway pavers have now been laid, allowing vehicles to park on site again.

Tower Framework Installed Atop Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

The structural steel framing for the tower that will support the steeple of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple has been attached to the building's entrance framing. Plans call for a stained glass-filled lantern topped by an elegant gold spire and capped with an angel Moroni statue.

Footings Poured for Retaining Structures at the Pocatello Idaho Temple Site

To achieve a more level site for the Pocatello Idaho Temple, large retaining structures will be installed along the rear side of the hillside property. Crews have already begun to compact the ground and pour the footings. The high walls will create a feeling of secluded retreat on the east side of the temple grounds. Work continues on pouring foundation walls along the south side of the basement.

Open House Tickets Available for the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Free reservations are being accepted for the public open house of the Lisbon Portugal Temple, which begins on Saturday, August 17, and continues through Saturday, August 31, 2019, except for Sundays, August 18 and 25. When the temple is dedicated on Sunday, September 15, it will become the 14th temple constructed on the European continent.

Construction of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Completed

The newly completed Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple is a little piece of heaven in this Caribbean capital that has been slowly recovering from the devastation sustained by the January 2010 earthquake. The open house for the temple has been delayed. Special guests will be invited to tour the temple the first week of August with public tours beginning on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Manhattan New York Temple Closes for Repairs

The Manhattan New York Temple closed this weekend for an extended three-month maintenance closure to accommodate mechanical repairs. The work is expected to be completed in late October, just prior to the new temple presidency beginning service on November 1.

Baptistry Renovation at the Denver Colorado Temple

The Denver Colorado Temple recently closed for an extended maintenance closure, which will include a complete renovation of the baptistry. The temple is expected to reopen on October 8, 2019. Patrons will be accommodated at other temples including the nearby Fort Collins Colorado Temple.
Tokyo Japan Temple
18th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; angel Moroni installed atop spire on April 17, 2019
Raleigh North Carolina Temple
68th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; construction nearing completion
Bangkok Thailand Temple
Driving piles to support substructure
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Footing and foundation work underway
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Tower framework rising; applying roofing underlayment; majority of exterior walls attached; pouring curbing; installing lamp posts; laying meetinghouse brick
Belém Brazil Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held August 17, 2019; full-scale construction pending
Washington D.C. Temple
16th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; demolishing parking lot; installing stained glass
Durban South Africa Temple
Constructing entrance staircase and plaza; carpet installed; millwork, baseboards, trim, and gilding continue; hard and soft landscaping efforts intensify
Pocatello Idaho Temple
Pouring foundation walls and footings; placing decorative concrete blocks for retaining walls
Lisbon Portugal Temple
Public open house underway through August 31, 2019
Frankfurt Germany Temple
41st dedicated temple in operation; construction nearing completion
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Foundation walls poured; setting rebar for main floor concrete slab
Mesa Arizona Temple
7th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; pool slab for west reflection pool poured and palm trees planted on either side
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Tower framework rising; applying roofing underlayment; majority of exterior walls attached; pouring curbing; installing lamp posts; laying meetinghouse brick
Lisbon Portugal Temple
Public open house underway through August 31, 2019
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Preparing for dedication
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Preparing for dedication
Hong Kong China Temple
48th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation
Arequipa Peru Temple
Grounds and exterior completed; interior finish work progressing
Hamilton New Zealand Temple
11th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; exterior refurbishment underway
Belém Brazil Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held August 17, 2019; full-scale construction pending
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Preparing for dedication
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
94th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; final stages of landscaping and interior finish work underway
Belém Brazil Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held August 17, 2019; full-scale construction pending
Durban South Africa Temple
Constructing entrance staircase and plaza; carpet installed; millwork, baseboards, trim, and gilding continue; hard and soft landscaping efforts intensify
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Tower framework rising; applying roofing underlayment; majority of exterior walls attached; pouring curbing; installing lamp posts; laying meetinghouse brick
Pocatello Idaho Temple
Pouring foundation walls and footings; placing decorative concrete blocks for retaining walls
Lisbon Portugal Temple
Public open house underway through August 31, 2019
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Preparing for dedication
Manhattan New York Temple
119th dedicated temple in operation
Denver Colorado Temple
40th dedicated temple in operation
Fort Collins Colorado Temple
153rd dedicated temple in operation