Waterproofing the Walls of the Praia Cabo Verde Temple
The concrete block walls of the Praia Cabo Verde Temple are being coated with a waterproofing sealant to protect the structure against the island's high humidity. In preparation for interior work, the window openings are being covered and the building is being enclosed. The concrete frame for the meetinghouse has been erected.
Sod Laid at the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
The once-dirt north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple has now been covered in strips of rich green grass. During the annual Easter Pageant, the lawn will be filled with chairs for the audience. Numerous flowers have been planted on the east side of the temple in the garden spaces where the palm trees stand. The renovation is expected to be completed early next year, but it is unknown when an open house may be held.
View of the Quito Ecuador Temple from a Nearby Roundabout
Standing on the hill next to the roundabout at the Quito Ecuador Temple offers a beautiful view of the temple site with the peaks of the Andes mountains creating a natural backdrop. Cladding of the exterior of the temple continues at various locations including around the walls of the spire. Ornamental details have been incorporated over the windows and in the portico.
Video of the Puebla Mexico Temple Site
Watch a video published last month of the beginning phases of construction of the Puebla Mexico Temple. With the help of a drone, video is captured of the excavation for the temple and a Church facility that will stand behind the temple. Construction trailers are parked in a staging area in front of the temple. Footage is also taken of the beautiful neighborhood that surrounds the site.
Landscaping and Cladding Progress at the Pocatello Idaho Temple
A walk around the Pocatello Idaho Temple has become more inviting with the majority of the chain-link construction fence removed and the black ornamental fence in place. Three strips of landscaping surround the fence including trees and shrubs between the street curb and sidewalk, grass (not yet laid) between the sidewalk and landscape curb, and bushes between the landscape curb and fence. More trees and plants have been added to the grounds, surrounded by a bark mulch. Cladding of the exterior is making great progress with the east and south sides completed, the north side nearly so, and about a third of the west side done. Cladding of the spire continues under plastic sheeting.
Bogotá Colombia Temple to Reopen
On Monday, November 30, 2020, the Bogotá Colombia Temple will begin Phase 1 of reopening, putting the total number of reopened temples at 156. On the same day, the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple and San Salvador El Salvador Temple will begin Phase 2 of reopening for a total of 128 temples in Phase 2.
Ceremony Celebrates the Construction of the McAllen Texas Temple
"As the central spire rises heavenward to this beautiful house of the Lord, might we as God’s children ever increase our faith and look to the heavens for wisdom and not to the ever-shifting values of the world," said Elder Art Rascon, an Area Seventy, at the groundbreaking for the McAllen Texas Temple on November 21, 2020. Elder Rascon presided at the small ceremony and offered the prayer dedicating the site. He prayed for the thousands of Latter-day Saints "in this lovely valley in southern Texas and across the border into Mexico who have worked faithfully to establish Thy kingdom and prepared their hearts and minds awaiting this day." He thanked God the Father "for their longsuffering, fervent prayers and continued diligence to live the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Excavation Progress for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple
In the two weeks since the groundbreaking was held for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, a crater-like hole has been dug on site. Inside the excavation, crews will soon begin work on building the foundation for the temple. The temple serve the rapidly growing Church membership in Washington County, alongside the St. George Utah Temple.
Exterior Walls Up for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
The reinforced concrete walls for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple are in place, including the front entrance to the building. The sturdy walls are built to withstand high winds—an important consideration for this island territory, which sits in the warm waters of Hurricane Alley. Watch a short video showing the current progress captured by a drone.
Superstructure Rising for the Feather River California Temple
After weeks of foundation work, crews at the Feather River California Temple site have begun setting the structural steel frame. Work started on the rear side of the building near the baptismal font. Both the first- and second-story beams are set before moving forward to the next section. Members are thrilled to see the building rising above ground when they drive by on Butte House Road.
Drilling and Driving at the Taylorsville Utah Temple Site
Mounds of aggregate sit next to a drilling rig and pile driver at the Taylorsville Utah Temple site. The construction crew has been drilling long cylindrical cavities into the ground and ramming loads of aggregate to create load-bearing piers that will support the footings and foundation of the temple. If all goes well, footings could be poured as early as next week.
Tower Walls Going Up for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple
Scaffolding surrounds the newly poured tower walls atop the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple. The temple will have a flat-roofed, windowed tower rising over the Celestial Room, similar to the Laie Hawaii Temple. Underground parking and a patron housing facility will be located on the northwest side of the temple, while housing for temple missionaries and a grounds building will stand on the southeast side.
Preparing the Syracuse Utah Temple Site
For the past two weeks, heavy machinery has been at work at the Syracuse Utah Temple site. A gravel access road was created, and a large section of land has been cleared. Dirt is now being hauled off site while materials are being delivered for connecting and carrying utilities. The location of the temple was announced in late August, but no groundbreaking date or rendering has been released yet.
Main Floor Deck for Layton Utah Temple Installed
Construction of the Layton Utah Temple continues to move at a steady pace. In recent weeks, crews have installed the floor deck and poured more exterior walls for the main floor. The lower portion of the foundation has been sealed with a waterproofing mastic and backfilled, but much of it remains exposed. The temple is anticipated to be the nineteenth dedicated in Utah with six more in the state announced or under construction.
More Panels Attached to the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple
The installation of precast concrete panels to the exterior of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple has reached about halfway up the main body of the building. You can get a close-up aerial view of the progress by watching two new video updates. The drones travel down Founders Boulevard where several new houses are under construction. You'll also see the top and all sides of the temple with a dazzling sunset backdrop.
Four South American Temples to Begin Phase 1 of Reopening
On November 23, 2020, four temples in South America will begin Phase 1 of reopening including the Arequipa Peru Temple, Buenos Aires Argentina Temple, Lima Peru Temple, and Trujillo Peru Temple. That brings the total number of reopened temples to 155 with five of those temples currently paused. Newly paused temples include the Sacramento California Temple and San Diego California Temple.
Feather River California Temple Utility Trenches
The foundation for the Feather River California Temple has been backfilled, and utility trenches have been dug for water and sewer lines. The concrete walls that will surround the baptismal font are in place, and forms have been set for the central walls that will support the base of the font. Watch a recent drone video taken outside the perimeter of the property.
Take a Walk Around the Tokyo Japan Temple
The construction and landscaping portion of the Tokyo Japan Temple renovation is nearing completion. Watch a three-minute video (best seen in full-screen mode) taken along the perimeter of the property, showcasing the beautiful landscaping around the temple and annex building. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no open house or rededication dates have been determined.
Ceremony Held for Cobán Guatemala Temple Groundbreaking
Elder Brian K. Taylor, president of the Central America Area, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cobán Guatemala Temple on November 14, 2020. Located in the highlands of central Guatemala, Cobán will be the third city in Guatemala to have a temple. The nation's fourth temple has been announced for an unknown location in the Guatemala City metropolitan area. The 5.4-acre site for the 8,800-square-foot temple is adjacent to an existing meetinghouse in Barrio Bella Vista. Plans call for a patron housing facility and meetinghouse to also be constructed on site. In his dedicatory prayer, Elder Taylor prayed, "Wilt Thou accept our offering and may Thy grace and presence abide here and in our lives always is our humble prayer and earnest petition." The recorded ceremony will be broadcast this evening.
Groundbreaking Held for the Davao Philippines Temple
"It never ceases to amaze me how the hand of the Lord has been over this nation. How He has prepared its people and its land to receive the gospel and the blessings of the temples of the Lord," said Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, president of the Philippines Area, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Davao Philippines Temple on November 14, 2020. He was joined by his wife, Anita, Elder Yoon Hwan Choi and Elder Steven R. Bangerter of the area presidency, and invited local interfaith leaders. The two-story, 18,450-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 2.7-acre site at Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road along with a meetinghouse and housing for patrons and the temple presidency. "My prayer is that we visit the temple as often as we can. Let us experience heaven here on earth through the temple. Heaven becomes closer when we go to the temple," said Elder Wakolo.
Exterior Lighting Returns to the Mesa Arizona Temple
Nighttime lighting of the Mesa Arizona Temple, which has been extinguished for the past two and half years, came back last week to the delight of numerous Mesa residents. The precisely placed lighting combined with Arizona's stunning desert sunsets keeps the temple among the most photogenic. Watch a 30-second time-lapse video to see an overview of the progress on the temple grounds.
Tower Crane Installed at the Salt Lake Temple
On the south side of the Salt Lake Temple, a 250-foot tower crane has been installed that will initially assist in assembling scaffolding for carrying out stone repair and roof replacement. Deep excavation, shoring, and lagging continues on the north side, which is being prepared for a secant wall that will extend to the east side for the purpose of containing soil under the foundation during the deep-excavation phase. The 1960s foundation created for the sealing wing is being dismantled while the original foundation is being strengthened through tension rod coring—a process of drilling into the footings, inserting threaded rods into grout, and tensioning those rods to create pressure against the stones, thus consolidating them.
Yigo Guam Temple Window Installation
Glass is being installed in the once-boarded window openings of the Yigo Guam Temple. Plans call for coordinating decorative grills to cover the windows in both the tower and the body of the temple. Behind the temple, the concrete walls for the meetinghouse are rising. Missionaries show their appreciation to the construction crew on a regular basis.
Phase Changes Announced for Next Monday
Ceremony Marks Beginning of Construction for Bentonville Arkansas Temple
Presiding from a remote location, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the site for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple at a small groundbreaking ceremony held on November 7, 2020. "This is a moment that for most of my life, I never could have imagined would occur even in this moment," said Elder Bednar. "It's also a moment that I wish would never end." Elder Bednar, who was once a professor at the University of Arkansas, has assisted in the organization of two Arkansas stakes including the Bentonville Arkansas Stake. The 25,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a field next to the stake center.
Red Cliffs Utah Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony Held
"We salute those pioneers who, with sacrifice and sweat, built just a mile or so away the beautiful St. George temple that has provided a symbolic anchor of our faith in this part of the state for a century and a half," prayed Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on November 7, 2020, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple—St. George's second temple. Elder Holland was joined by his wife, Patricia; his son, Elder Matthew S. Holland, General Authority Seventy; Elder Craig C. Christensen, Utah Area President; and other invited guests. The Hollands, who are natives of Southern Utah, were filled with emotion at the joyful occasion. The ceremony marks the start of construction for the beautiful three-story, 90,000-square-foot temple.
One-Year Anniversary of the St. George Utah Temple Renovation
Watch a video presentation marking the one-year anniversary of the renovation of the St. George Utah Temple. Renovation activity is highlighted including the construction of the north entrance addition and the shoring up of the historic hand-laid rock foundation by wrapping the original fourteen columns in fiberglass and attaching them to micropiles that are driven deep into the earth. Aerial footage of the meandering walkway through the grounds captures the beauty of the improving landscaping.
Groundbreaking Held for the Salta Argentina Temple
"Heavenly Father, receive our grateful hearts for this significant and special day," prayed Elder Benjamín De Hoyos, president of the South America South Area, in his site dedicatory prayer for the Salta Argentina Temple. The prayer was uttered at the temple's groundbreaking ceremony held on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Due to social distancing restrictions, the number of participants was limited. Several Church and government leaders were in attendance including the governor of Salta, Gustavo Sáenz.
A Bird's-Eye View of the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds
Watch the latest video update on the Mesa Arizona Temple to see the current state of the temple exterior and landscaping. The grounds are growing greener, and with flower-planting sessions planned for the weekends in November and December, it will grow more colorful as well. A sizable amount work of remains on the interior of the temple and on the Discovery Center across the street where the new visitors' center is located. Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, no open house and dedication dates have been announced for any temple including Mesa.
Pocatello Idaho Temple Spire Wrapped
The scaffolding surrounding the spire of the Pocatello Idaho Temple has been wrapped in plastic sheeting to protect workers and materials against the cold of the coming winter months. Most of the ornamental fencing has been installed, and curbing is being poured around the perimeter of the fence to create a strip of soft landscaping. Granite cladding has been attached to the east side of the temple, most of the north and south sides, and part of the west. Much of the base of the tower has also been clad. Dozens of crates of travertine tile sit in a staging area for installation on the main floor. Sitting high on the east bench, the temple site affords a beautiful view of the west bench mountains and the Snake River Plain.