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Water Feature Progress at the Oakland California Temple

Concrete has been poured for the basin of a circular water feature being installed on the Oakland California Temple
13th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing new water feature
Oakland California Temple
grounds, replacing a decades-old water feature. At the center of the basin is the bottom tier of a bronze fountain. The historic temple stands in the beautiful Oakland hills.

Turning the Lisbon Portugal Temple Spire Gold

The skeletal framework for the spire of the Lisbon Portugal Temple
Attaching gold plating to spire; stone cladding of exterior walls nearing completion; planting meetinghouse gardens
Lisbon Portugal Temple
is being clad in gold-colored panels. The shiny cladding will complement the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue that will stand atop the spire. Work continues on the grounds around the meetinghouse where shrubs are being added to the planter boxes.

Dedication Dates Adjusted for the Rome Italy Temple

An official letter from the First Presidency has announced that the week-long dedication previously scheduled for the Rome Italy Temple
Finishing mural in visitors' center; volunteers being sought for open house
Rome Italy Temple
has been shortened to three days: Sunday, March 10, 2019 through Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The open house and youth devotional dates remain the same. The temple will open for ordinance work on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Ground Broken for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided today over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Groundbreaking held on November 8, 2018; full-scale construction pending
Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
. It is the sixth temple to be constructed on the continent of Africa.

Construction Lighting at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple

The patches of steel, concrete, and stone that comprise the exterior of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Spire framework installed; stone cladding the exterior walls
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
seem to harmonize more beautifully at night under the illumination of powerful construction floodlighting. More progress has been made on cladding the exterior walls in stone.

Stone Cladding the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple Begins

The first pieces of stone cladding have been attached along the base of an exterior wall for the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
94th operating temple; closed for renovation; work begun on stone cladding the exterior walls
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
.

Preparing for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Groundbreaking

Ivorian members are making their final preparations for tomorrow's groundbreaking ceremony for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Groundbreaking held on November 8, 2018; full-scale construction pending
Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
, the first to be constructed in the country. The temple will be located behind the stake center for the Cocody Cote I'voire Stake.

Interior Advancements at the Durban South Africa Temple

Fine dust fills the air inside the Durban South Africa Temple
Angel Moroni installed on October 25, 2018; installing art glass and lamp posts
Durban South Africa Temple
as the interior walls and ceilings are sanded to a smooth texture. Crown molding and tile are being precisely cut and fit while workers continue to terminate electrical and data runs, air vents, and a fire suppression system. A team has surveyed the water feature area in front of the temple entrance. More lamp posts are ready to be installed.

Seeking Volunteers for the Rome Italy Temple Open House

Are you interested in volunteering at the much-anticipated open house for the Rome Italy Temple
Finishing mural in visitors' center; volunteers being sought for open house
Rome Italy Temple
? If so, please visit the official volunteer website for details and instructions. A massive mural was recently installed in the visitors' center on a curved wall above the marble reproductions of the original twelve apostles.

Demolition Begins at the Bangkok Thailand Temple Site

Beginning November 1, 2018, demolition crews arrived with heavy equipment at the Bangkok Thailand Temple
Demolition of Church office building underway in preparation for future groundbreaking ceremony
Bangkok Thailand Temple
site to commence the process of remove the existing parking lot, landscaping, and Church office building in preparation for the formal groundbreaking ceremony that will be held.

A Glimpse of the Holiness to the Lord Stone in Lisbon

The Holiness to the Lord inscription stone can be seen above the main entrance to the Lisbon Portugal Temple
Attaching gold plating to spire; stone cladding of exterior walls nearing completion; planting meetinghouse gardens
Lisbon Portugal Temple
. Cladding of the exterior is largely finished and will allow for more scaffolding to come down in the near future.

Cladding the Raleigh North Carolina Temple Tower

Work on stone cladding the exterior walls of the Raleigh North Carolina Temple
68th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding the front exterior walls and tower
Raleigh North Carolina Temple
has progressed to the front side of the building and to the tower. Steel studs are on site as framers continue to build interior walls and hang drywall. Minor modifications to the floor plan will provide a better patron experience.

Reactions to the Auckland New Zealand Temple Announcement

A few young adults members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints share their joyful reactions to the announcement of a temple to be constructed in Auckland, New Zealand in this video presentation. The Auckland New Zealand Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement
Auckland New Zealand Temple
, the country's second, was announced in the 60th anniversary year of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
11th operating temple; closed for renovation; dismantling the interior
Hamilton New Zealand Temple
.

Windows Coming Down at the Mesa Arizona Temple

More evidence of construction activities can be seen at the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; removing windows; grading the grounds; clearing visitors' center site
Mesa Arizona Temple
where scaffolding has been erected along some of the exterior walls, and windows are being removed and replaced with boards. Debris chutes are still visible at some of the window openings as the careful process of dismantling the interior continues.

Open House Tours of Barranquilla Colombia Temple Begin Saturday

Free reservations are being accepted for the public open house of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Public open house tours underway
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
that begins this Saturday, November 3, and continues through Saturday, November 24, 2018, except for Sundays. Following the open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Stone Cladding Nearly Reaches Dome of Arequipa Peru Temple

The carved pieces of granite being attached to the exterior walls of the Arequipa Peru Temple
Stone cladding the tower
Arequipa Peru Temple
have nearly reached the top of tower. A suspended scaffold still hangs just below the base of the dome as the final slabs are set into place. Temporary window coverings allow work to proceed on the interior.

President Nelson Dedicates the Concepción Chile Temple

As the culminating event of his South America Ministry and Temple Dedication Tour, President Russell M. Nelson dedicated the Concepción Chile Temple
160th operating temple
Concepción Chile Temple
today as the 160th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the second temple to be constructed in the nation of Chile.

A Residential View of the Memphis Tennessee Temple

Residents of the Memphis suburb of Bartlett have a front seat to the renovation work being carried out at the Memphis Tennessee Temple
80th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding nearing completion
Memphis Tennessee Temple
, including the beautifully reshaped tower clad in an off-white stone. The temple shares a site with the stake center for the Memphis Tennessee North Stake.

Stone Cladding Reaches Front Side of Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple

With the tower and rear side of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
95th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding and art glass installation nearing completion
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
clad in stone, installers have moved to the front side of the building. The bulky stones at the base of the temple entrance have been set in place, which will create the look of columns flanking the main entrance doors.

Video Invite to the Barranquilla Colombia Temple Open House

Send a video invitation (in Spanish) to a friend for the public open house of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Public open house tours underway
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
beginning Saturday, November 3, and continuing through Saturday, November 24, 2018. President Russell M. Nelson is currently in South America on a ministry tour that will conclude with the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple
160th operating temple
Concepción Chile Temple
on Sunday.

Angel Moroni Added to the Durban South Africa Temple

"Now it looks like a temple," said one spectator at today's raising of the angel Moroni statue atop the Durban South Africa Temple
Angel Moroni installed on October 25, 2018; installing art glass and lamp posts
Durban South Africa Temple
. An eager crowd gathered at the viewing area, located just off the construction site, to watch the gold statue be lifted into place atop South Africa's second temple.

Stone Cladding Underway at the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple

The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Stone cladding the exterior walls
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
, the Caribbean's second, is being clad in a beautiful gray-toned stone. Construction is expected to continue into the middle of next year. The Caribbean's third temple, the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement
San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
, was announced at General Conference earlier this month.

Video Update of Activity at the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds

Watch captivating, high-definition aerial footage of the grading activities underway at the grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; removing windows; grading the grounds; clearing visitors' center site
Mesa Arizona Temple
. Click the full-screen button to feel immersed in the construction efforts that are renovating this historic building constructed in the 1920s.

Progress on Pavers, Landscaping at the Kinshasa DRC Temple

The large stacks of pavers that once lined the driveway to the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
Exterior lighting tests underway; laying driveway and walkway pavers; planting trees and shrubs
Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
grounds have now been neatly installed, creating a beautifully patterned and tree-lined entrance to the temple complex. The bright white exterior of the temple stands in contrast to the earth-toned meetinghouse and institute building on site, indicative of its holy purpose.

President Nelson Visits Candidate Site for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple

President Russell M. Nelson kicked off his five-country South America ministry tour in the city of Lima, Peru, on Saturday, October 20, 2018. In addition to speaking at a devotional in Lima's Coliseo Mariscal Caceres, he made a visit to the site being considered for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; President Nelson visited candidate site on October 20, 2018
Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple
, located in the northern section of the city.

Barranquilla Colombia Temple Open House

The public open house for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Public open house tours underway
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
begins two weeks from today and concludes on Saturday, November 24, 2018. You may obtain free tickets online to tour the new building. The dedication of the temple will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Streets Completed Around the Pocatello Idaho Temple Site

The infrastructure for the subdivision containing the Pocatello Idaho Temple
Government approval process; streets around temple site opened
Pocatello Idaho Temple
site has been completed and approved, allowing the streets around the property to be opened. Last week, a Church representative went before the Hearing Examiner to request two variances to allow construction of the temple: a variance from height restrictions and a variance from lighting standards, as the site is located in a low-density residential zoning district.

Preparing for Pile Foundation of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Work has commenced on building the pile foundation for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Setting piles for the temple foundation
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
. For the past several months, the focus has been on building the foundation for the on-site meetinghouse. Now both buildings will be under construction.

Grading Begins for New Grounds at the Mesa Arizona Temple

With the former grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; removing windows; grading the grounds; clearing visitors' center site
Mesa Arizona Temple
removed to create a clean slate, the contractor, Porter Brothers Inc., has announced that land grading has begun for the newly conceptualized grounds, which will include a large expanse to accommodate staging and seating for the annual Easter Pageant.

Interior Dismantling Continues at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple

Subcontractors at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
11th operating temple; closed for renovation; dismantling the interior
Hamilton New Zealand Temple
are making progress on clearing and preparing the interior of the historic building for a complete renovation. Scaffolding on the front and rear provides access to the various levels. New Zealanders rejoiced in the recent announcement of the Auckland New Zealand Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement
Auckland New Zealand Temple
, the second for the island nation.