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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 preliminary construction phase; awaiting official site announcement
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
Preparing for public open house
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; interior work underway; grading the grounds for new landscaping plan
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.

Art Glass Arrives at the Durban South Africa Temple

The Durban South Africa Temple
Angel Moroni installation pending; art glass delivered for tall windows
Durban South Africa Temple
is a beautiful sight to motorists traveling the N2 Highway as seen in the accompanying photograph. The temple will be even more beautiful as the newly delivered art glass windows are installed in the tall openings. Work continues on the roof and fascia while painting, tiling, and millwork progress inside.

Distribution Center Moving from Bangkok Thailand Temple Site

The Distribution Center located inside the church office building at the Bangkok Thailand Temple
Official temple rendering released; site location announced
Bangkok Thailand Temple
site has announced it will be temporarily moving to the Asoke chapel effective November 1, 2018. The move will help clear the way for the future demolition of the building and subsequent construction of the temple.

Open House Concludes at Concepción Chile Temple

Today was the final day of the public open house for the Concepción Chile Temple
Preparing for dedication
Concepción Chile Temple
. Over the next two weeks, the temple will be cleaned and prepared for dedication. President Russell M. Nelson will preside at the dedicatory services as part of his South America Ministry and Temple Dedication tour where he will visit five South American countries.

Open House Tickets for the Rome Italy Temple

Free tickets are now available for the public open house of the Rome Italy Temple
Monument sign completed; flowerbeds being planted
Rome Italy Temple
beginning January 28, 2019 and continuing through February 16, 2019. The dedication of the temple will be held during the week of March 10–17, 2019.

Steeple Framework Added to Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple

The conical framework for the steeple of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Spire framework installed; stone cladding the exterior walls
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
has been installed while progress is made on cladding the exterior walls of the structure. Another Brazilian temple is under construction in the city of Fortaleza, and plans have been announced for the future construction of temples in Belém, Brasília, and Salvador.

Stone Cladding Begins 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 now being clad in a beautiful gray-toned stone. A slight difference can be seen between the physical temple and the temple rendering in that four of the eight window openings on the front side of the temple will be faux windows clad in stone, rather than glass windows.

Interior Progress at the Durban South Africa Temple

While painting of the Durban South Africa Temple
Angel Moroni installation pending; art glass delivered for tall windows
Durban South Africa Temple
tower proceeds, workers inside the building are installing millwork, laying floor and wall tile, fitting marble panels for the baptismal font, building out walls, and terminating data and air conditioning runs. Interior works continues simultaneously at the missionary housing facility and guardhouse.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking
Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
has been announced for Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. The temple site is located in the commune of Cocody. Attendance at the services is by invitation only, but the general public is invited to view the proceedings live at local meetinghouses.

Renovations Coming to Pioneer-Era Temples

Before his announcement of twelve new temples to be constructed across the globe, President Russell M. Nelson announced that plans were underway to renovate and update the temples of the pioneer generation including the historic Salt Lake Temple
4th operating temple
Salt Lake Temple
. The dates and details of those projects will be announced as they are developed.

President Nelson Announces Twelve New Temples

At the close of his remarks at the 188th Semiannual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for the construction of twelve new temples in Mendoza, Argentina; Salvador, Brazil; Yuba City, California; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Praia, Cape Verde; Yigo, Guam; Puebla, Mexico; Auckland, New Zealand; Lagos, Nigeria; Davao, Philippines; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington County, Utah.

Final Week of Open House Tours in Concepción

Public tours of the exquisite Concepción Chile Temple
Preparing for dedication
Concepción Chile Temple
will conclude this Saturday, October 13, 2018. If you were unable to attend the open house in person, take this virtual tour of the interior. When the temple is dedicated at the end of this month, it will be the 160th operating temple of the Church.

Art Glass Windows Installed in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple

Beautiful new art glass windows now fill the window openings of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
95th operating temple; closed for renovation; art glass windows installed; stone cladding the exterior walls
Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
, which received its angel Moroni statue last month and continues to be clad in stone. The temple closed for renovation one year ago on October 15, 2017. Construction is expected to finish next year.

Drywall Arriving at the Raleigh North Carolina Temple

Large pallets of drywall are being delivered by truck to the Raleigh North Carolina Temple
68th operating temple; closed for renovation; stone cladding the exterior walls
Raleigh North Carolina Temple
as the building has been enclosed and work can progress freely on the interior. On the exterior, waterproofing and stone cladding continues.

Fortaleza Brazil Temple Exterior Completed

The final art glass windows have been installed in the cupola of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple
Exterior lighting tests underway
Fortaleza Brazil Temple
, and all scaffolding has been removed, signifying the completion of the beautiful exterior of the temple. Work on the interior is in the late stages, which should be finished in the early months of 2019.

President and Matron of Frankfurt Germany Temple Called

Wolfgang and Karin Lange Pilz have been called to serve as the new president and matron of the Frankfurt Germany Temple
41st operating temple; closed for renovation; reattaching cladding to exterior; staircase poured to expanded parking area
Frankfurt Germany Temple
, which has been closed for renovation since September 2015. Work on the temple is expected to be completed next year. An exterior staircase was recently poured connecting the expanded parking area to the temple entrance.

Update on the Durban South Africa Temple

A view past the guardhouse at the Durban South Africa Temple
Angel Moroni installation pending; art glass delivered for tall windows
Durban South Africa Temple
shows the healthy palm trees lining the driveway and the beautiful temple under construction. Outside, work continues on the temple roof and exterior walls. Inside, fire curtains have been fitted in the grand staircase lobby while wiring, plumbing, and tiling work continues.

Fresh Flowers Planted at Barranquilla Colombia Temple Grounds

With just one month remaining before the commencement of the public open house for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Preparing for public open house
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
, landscapers are adding the last of the flowers that will be on display in the flowerbeds on the beautiful temples grounds. Free tours of the interior of the temple begin on Saturday, November 3, and conclude on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Stone Cladding Reaches Tower of Arequipa Peru Temple

Stone installers at the Arequipa Peru Temple
Stone cladding the tower
Arequipa Peru Temple
have made significant progress cladding the exterior of the building over the past several months. Stone has now reached the base of the domed tower. Work continues simultaneously on the interior of the structure.

Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for Kinshasa DRC Temple

The First Presidency has officially announced the opening of 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
. A free public open house will begin on Tuesday, March 12, and conclude on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, April 14, 2019, with a youth devotional planned for the evening before the dedication.

Exterior Lighting Tests Underway at Kinshasa DRC Temple

The exterior lighting system at 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
is installed and tests are underway. Lamp posts are also being added across the temple grounds and at the entrance to the temple property for both visibility and security at night.

President Nelson to Dedicate the Concepción Chile Temple

At a stake conference held for the Antofagasta Chile Stake on September 23, 2018, Elder D. Todd Christofferson confirmed that President Russell M. Nelson will preside at the dedicatory services for the Concepción Chile Temple
Preparing for dedication
Concepción Chile Temple
. He will be the first president of the Church to visit the city of Concepción (or any Chilean city outside of Santiago).

Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Like a Lighthouse

Standing on a hill overlooking the Magdalena River and the Caribbean Sea, the floodlit Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Preparing for public open house
Barranquilla Colombia Temple
is like a literal and figurative lighthouse to the tempest-tossed sailors among us. "Brightly beams our Father’s mercy from his lighthouse evermore" (Hymn 335).

Trees Planted at the Lisbon Portugal Temple Grounds

A flowerbed located next to the parking area at the Lisbon Portugal Temple
Stone cladding the exterior walls; installing lamp posts; planting trees and shrubs
Lisbon Portugal Temple
has been beautified with the addition of trees and shrubs over a dark mulch. Trees have also been planted at the rear of the property near the railroad tracks. The beautiful white exterior of the on-site meetinghouse has been completed.

Construction Barrier Up at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple

The general contractor that will be constructing the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Site preparation phase; construction barrier erected
Urdaneta Philippines Temple
has erected a construction barrier around the property as site work continues. The marshy land poses an added challenge to creating a firm foundation for the building. No formal groundbreaking has been announced.