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Location and Rendering Revealed for the Greater Guatemala City Guatemala Temple

The temple announced for greater Guatemala City, Guatemala, will be constructed on the 1.5-acre site where the Roosevelt Ward meetinghouse stands at the intersection of 13 Calle and 5A Avenida in Guatemala City. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 30,000 square feet. The temple will be the fourth for Guatemala, joining the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple, the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple, and the Cobán Guatemala Temple (currently under construction). No groundbreaking date has been scheduled yet.

Location Announced for the Torreón Mexico Temple

The Torreón Mexico Temple will be built in the western suburb of Gómez Palacio on a 0.89-acre site where a meetinghouse stands at the corner of Paris and Amsterdam. The single-story temple will be approximately 10,000 square feet. The temple will be one of sixteen that are dedicated, under construction, or announced for the country of Mexico. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

Rendering for the Cali Colombia Temple Publicly Released

On September 23, 2021, the official exterior rendering was released for the Cali Colombia Temple. It will be built on a 3.14-acre site in the La Flora neighborhood of Cali, Colombia. The single-story, 9,500-square-foot temple will be the third for the nation of Colombia, joining the Bogotá Colombia Temple and Barranquilla Colombia Temple. No date for the groundbreaking event has been announced.

Rendering and Location Released for the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple

The official exterior rendering and location were released today for the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple. The temple will be constructed on an 11.8-acre site located on Rua Professor Jose Vieira de Mendonça in Belo Horizonte. The 27,000-square-foot building will feature a central tower with a pyramidal roof. The temple will be one of thirteen that are dedicated, under construction, or announced for the nation of Brazil.

Forming the Exterior Walls of the Okinawa Japan Temple

Concrete forms have been erected around the steel bars that will reinforce the exterior walls of the Okinawa Japan Temple. The 10,000 square feet of interior space will be stacked into two stories, allowing for a compact footprint. Okinawa has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world—one of five "Blue Zones." Members on the island are looking forward with anticipation to the dedication of this sacred House of the Lord.

Central Spire Frame Added to the Bangkok Thailand Temple

The frame for the central spire of the Bangkok Thailand Temple has been installed atop the roof, joining eight smaller spires that stand on the north and south sides. Cladding of the exteriors of the temple and the multipurpose building is making excellent progress and is nearing the top floors of the buildings. Several of the smaller spires of the temple have been clad as well. The six-story temple is among the tallest that the Church has constructed.

Steeple Frame Installed Atop the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Over the past several weeks, the frame for the steeple of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple has been assembled—more than doubling the height of the impressive building located on the east side of St. George. The temple will rise even taller once the spire and angel Moroni are installed. Numerous bundles of steel studs sit on the grounds as interior framing progresses on the main level and will soon begin on the upper levels.

Additional Walls Poured for the Mendoza Argentina Temple

Argentina's fourth temple continues to rise in the country's fourth largest metropolitan area in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains. More concrete has been poured and cured for the structural walls of the Mendoza Argentina Temple, which will be approximately 21,000 square feet. For many years, the saints of Mendoza crossed the Andes to attend worship services in the Santiago Chile Temple.

Groundbreaking Event Held for the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple

President Veasna Kuonno Neang of the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission presided at the groundbreaking event for the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple—the country's first—on Saturday, September 18, 2021. "This is a day heaven is smiling on us," said President Neang. "Today, a holy temple of God will begin its foundation representing the faithfulness, love and joy of the saints in Cambodia. We know that when we come to the temple, we can feel closer to the Lord Jesus Christ." For years, Cambodian members have traveled to Hong Kong or the Philippines for temple worship, making a visit to the temple a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. That will now change. The 10,000-square-foot temple and ancillary building will be constructed on a 3.16-acre site on Russian Confederation Street near the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

New Rendering Reveals Yorba Linda California Temple Exterior

A newly released exterior rendering for the Yorba Linda California Temple reveals the Southwest-style design for the building. The temple will be constructed on the 5.4-acre site of an existing meetinghouse at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Osmond Street. The single-story building will be approximately 30,000 square feet. No groundbreaking date has been set.

Grand Junction Colorado Temple Rendering Released

The official rendering for the beautiful Grand Junction Colorado Temple has been released to the public. The single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet will be constructed on a 6.94-acre property located at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street. The date for the groundbreaking event has not yet been determined.

A Preview of the Elko Nevada Temple

On Friday, September 17, the official exterior rendering was posted for the Elko Nevada Temple—the state's third. It will rise on a 5.2-acre property at the southeast corner of Ruby View Golf Course on the north end of Elko. The single-level building will be approximately 10,000 square feet. No groundbreaking date has been scheduled yet.

Rendering Released for the Burley Idaho Temple

The official exterior rendering has been released for the Burley Idaho Temple, which will be constructed on a 10.1-acre parcel of farmland at 40 South and 150 East, just west of the Snake River and Highway 81. The two-story temple will be approximately 38,600 square feet. No groundbreaking date has been announced yet.

Preparing to Clad the Entrance to the Orem Utah Temple

As granite cladding moves across the west face of the Orem Utah Temple, the recently sheathed and sealed entrance will soon be clad as well. Roofing continues over the south side of the main level while frames are installed in the south side window openings. Framing for the steeple is making good progress as is framing for the on-site meetinghouse. Just behind the temple, the floor slab has been poured for the maintenance building.

Footings and Foundation in Place for the Helena Montana Temple

The concrete foundation for the Helena Montana Temple has been poured and cured, ready for the superstructure to begin. "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall" (Helaman 5:12).

Preparing the Pago Pago American Samoa Temple Site

The site of the future Pago Pago American Samoa Temple is being cleared ahead of next month's groundbreaking ceremony that was originally announced for Saturday, October 9, but has been delayed three weeks until Saturday, October 30, 2021. Elder K. Brett Nattress of the Pacific Area presidency will preside at the event. There are five stakes operating on the island of Tutuila—the most populous island of American Samoa.

Scaffolding Removed from the Belém Brazil Temple Steeple

Nearly all of the scaffolding has been removed from the steeple of the Belém Brazil Temple, revealing the fully clad exterior for the first time without obstruction. The steeple is currently enclosed with transparent glass, but stained-glass installation is already underway on the main floor. Irrigation lines have been installed in the gardens, and thousands of plants are beautifying the sacred space.

Open House Gets Underway for the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Interior photographs of the newly completed Pocatello Idaho Temple have been released ahead of the public open house that begins this Saturday, September 18. "This is an opportunity for all of the Saints here to be great neighbors in normal and natural ways to just reach out and love those around them and invite them to help them understand what the temple is all about," said Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, who is serving as the president of the North America Central Area. He and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will help host invited guest tours over the next few days. Free tours will continue through Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Drilling for Tallahassee Florida Temple Pile Foundation

A massive auger is suspended from a crane at the Tallahassee Florida Temple site, ready to drill deep cylindrical cavities into the earth for a pile foundation. The cast-in-place piles will distribute the weight of the temple to the bedrock beneath, providing solid support for the sacred edifice. The concrete retaining walls for the storm detention system are visible along the tree line.

Ground Is Broken for the Nairobi Kenya Temple

Ground was broken on East Africa's first temple today at the Mountain View chapel in Nairobi, Kenya, under the direction of Elder Joseph W. Sitati, president of the Africa Central Area. Speaking of the effect of the temple on the rising generation, Elder Sitati said: "This is the place they will get married; this is the place where they will make eternal covenants that will bless them for all eternity." The Nairobi Kenya Temple was "wholly welcomed" by the Right Honorable Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister of Kenya, who had a message read at the service. Among his words, he said: "At a very difficult time, members of the Church have been at the forefront, giving us reason to hope."

King and Queen Attend the Groundbreaking for the Neiafu Tonga Temple

The King and Queen of Tonga, His Majesty ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI, and Her Majesty Nanasipau'u, were among the honored guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Neiafu Tonga Temple held on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Elder Inoke Kupu, Area Seventy, presided at the service. He said: "Temples are houses of the Lord and to have one on this beautiful Island of Vava’u is a blessing sent of God and a reflection of the goodness and faithfulness of citizens and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who live here and in the surrounding area." Members living in the northern islands of Tonga have traditionally attended the temple in Nuku'alofa about once a year, but having a temple in Neiafu will allow for more frequent attendance.

Moses Lake Washington Temple Steeple Frame Installed

The steeple frame for the Moses Lake Washington Temple has been installed atop the base structure, creating a beautiful silhouette for the rising building with its crisp lines and precise symmetry. With the winter months approaching, the construction crew will be focused on framing the roof and boarding the door and window openings. Shingles are being laid for the on-site meetinghouse.

Building the Roof of the Puebla Mexico Temple

With the structural frame for the body of the Puebla Mexico Temple in place, framing has begun on the pitched roof that will cover each of the four corners of the building. At the center of each side, a flat-roof tower will rise with a full steeple over the main entrance. The temple will be the fourteenth in Mexico with two more in the planning stages: the Querétaro Mexico Temple and the Torreón Mexico Temple.

Chilling at the Syracuse Utah Temple Site

At the Syracuse Utah Temple site, about a half dozen cooling lines have been routed, and largely backfilled, through trenches that run from the cooling tower enclosure to the rear edge of the temple excavation. Reinforcing steel has been set for the baptismal font enclosures, and footings for the main floor continue to be formed. Excavation has also begun for the landscape structures that will sit in the area east of the temple.

Reserve a Tour of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Free tickets are now available to tour the interior of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple from Saturday, October 9, through Saturday, October 23, 2021 (except for Sundays and Monday, October 11). During the public open house, all provincial COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Tickets will be required to ensure that group sizes stay within those guidelines.

Cladding of McAllen Texas Temple Nears Completion

Billowy clouds drift over the South Texas city of McAllen where the state's fifth temple is under construction. Cladding of the McAllen Texas Temple is nearly completed—the portico having been clad most recently. Framing and sheathing of the meetinghouse behind the temple in steadily progressing. McAllen lies in the Rio Grande Valley across the border from the Mexican city of Reynosa.

Earth-Moving Equipment at the Salvador Brazil Temple Site

A cluster of earth movers huddles near the entrance to the Salvador Brazil Temple site ready to further the work of clearing and grading the property. A significant amount of work was accomplished ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony held a month ago. According to a local news article, nearly an acre of land will be dedicated to environmental preservation, and extensive gardens and vegetation will cover another two acres.

Pouring Concrete for the Structural Walls of the Alabang Philippines Temple

The concrete structural walls for the east side of the Alabang Philippines Temple can be seen rising above the blue construction barrier that surrounds the property. Behind the temple, work is progressing concurrently on the adjoining housing facility as seen from the sidewalk along Corporate Avenue in Filinvest City. Two other temples are under construction in the Philippines including Urdaneta Philippines Temple and the Davao Philippines Temple.

Official Rendering Released for the Casper Wyoming Temple

The official exterior rendering for the Casper Wyoming Temple has been released, shortly after a groundbreaking announcement was made this morning for Saturday, October 9. The single-level temple is approximately 10,000 square feet, featuring ornamental cladding, brass-colored accents, and a grand tiered steeple with a pyramidal cupola and metal finial. Custom stained-glass windows will be featured throughout.

The Sun Sets at the Layton Utah Temple Site

The setting sun sits low on the horizon at the Layton Utah Temple site where construction efforts are advancing inside and out. Glass has not yet been installed to enclose the interior, but framing of the rooms is progressing and most of the window frames have been installed. Paving has begun in the parking lots, and the north plaza concrete has been waterproofed. Loads of building materials have been set on the roof for use inside.
Cobán Guatemala Temple
Construction and safety fences erected; compacting soil in preparation for excavation
Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
32nd dedicated temple in operation
Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple
136th dedicated temple in operation
Torreón Mexico Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
161st dedicated temple in operation
Bogotá Colombia Temple
57th dedicated temple in operation
Cali Colombia Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Okinawa Japan Temple
Forming exterior walls
Bangkok Thailand Temple
Central spire frame installed; precast panel installation progressing
Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Steeple framing underway; cladding the exterior; installing landscape structures
Mendoza Argentina Temple
Structural walls poured
Santiago Chile Temple
24th dedicated temple in operation
Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 18 September 2021
Yorba Linda California Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Grand Junction Colorado Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Elko Nevada Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Burley Idaho Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Orem Utah Temple
Scaffolding erected around steeple; sheathing of upper levels continues; cladding the main level in stone; preparing for meetinghouse floor slab
Helena Montana Temple
Temple and stake center foundations installed
Pago Pago American Samoa Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony
Belém Brazil Temple
Stained glass installation started; landscaping progressing; stone cladding of steeple nearing completion; interior work underway
Pocatello Idaho Temple
Public open house underway through 23 October 2021
Tallahassee Florida Temple
Site preparation continues; building retaining wall forms for storm water management area
Nairobi Kenya Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 11 September 2021
Neiafu Tonga Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 11 September 2021
Moses Lake Washington Temple
Steeple frame attached to base; pouring curbing; roofing the meetinghouse
Puebla Mexico Temple
Erecting structural frame for temple; pouring concrete exterior walls; roof rafters installed for meetinghouse
Querétaro Mexico Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location unknown
Torreón Mexico Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; exterior rendering released
Syracuse Utah Temple
Utility trenching; pouring footings; moving dirt
Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Open house ticket reservations available
McAllen Texas Temple
Installation of precast concrete panels nearly finished
Salvador Brazil Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held on 7 August 2021
Alabang Philippines Temple
Exterior walls rising
Davao Philippines Temple
Site preparations continue ahead of footings and foundation
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Cladding of exterior progressing; installing doors; hanging drywall on interior
Casper Wyoming Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony
Layton Utah Temple
Precast stone cladding completed; framing interior; hardscaping the grounds and planting trees