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169th Temple Worldwide Dedicated in Winnipeg, Manitoba

On Sunday, October 31, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the four dedicatory sessions for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. It is the first temple to be dedicated in 20 months due to postponements made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elder Gong counseled: "Find joy on the covenant path. You will find the Savior at the center of everything connected to the temple. Become part of the wonderful excitement and blessing of the work of salvation for family members and friends on both sides of the veil."

Elder Gong Speaks to Winnipeg-Area Youth at Devotional

At a special devotional broadcast held on Sunday, October 24—a week ahead of the dedication of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple—Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles submitted three invitations to the listening youth. He said: (1) If your circumstances permit, please plan to attend the October 31 dedication of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. (2) Commit today to live worthy to hold a temple recommend; then use it to bless others. (3) Let the holy temple "draw you close to God our Eternal Father and His Beloved Son, our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ."

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Open House Begins

Free tours of the interior of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple begin this Saturday, October 9, and continue through Saturday, October 23, 2021. To ensure compliance with COVID-19 regulations, reservations should be made at thewinnipegtemple.org. "This is the first temple in the province, and we believe it will be a wonderful addition to the community," said Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, second counselor in the North America Central Area presidency. The dedication of the long-awaited temple has been anticipated since it was announced ten years ago. The open house was originally announced for October 2020, but it was delayed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "In a world that is often chaotic and confusing, the temple is a place of peace and we hope our friends and neighbours will feel that as they visit this beautiful building," said Yvonne Robison who is coordinating the open house with her husband, Allan.

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.

Open House and Dedication to Be Held for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

The First Presidency has announced the new opening dates for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, following a one-year delay due to COVID-19. The free public open house is scheduled for Saturday, October 9 through Saturday, October 23, 2021, with no tours held on Sunday, October 10; Monday, October 11; or Sunday, October 17. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the temple on Sunday, October 31, in four sessions held at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 2:00 p.m. with an additional session if needed. All sessions will be broadcast to meetinghouses in the temple district. On Sunday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m. a youth devotional will be held where youth ages 12-18 will hear from Church leaders in a special broadcast. All local COVID-19 protocols will be followed for each event. The temple is located in the Bridgwater neighborhood and will become the ninth temple in Canada and the 169th in the world.

Flowers Planted at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

President George L. Spencer, president of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, recently shared some photographs on social media of the newly planted flowers at the Winnipeg temple grounds. The temple has been completed for several months, but members are still waiting for an announcement of when an open house and dedication will be held. Church leaders are closely monitoring government regulations and recommendations to determine when these opening events may be safely held.

Winter Evening at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

The interior and exterior lights of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple glow in this beautiful winter photograph captured from the vantage point of a drone. The contractor has wrapped up construction on the exterior, and the Saints are rejoicing in this beautiful addition to their city in time for Christmas. The open house and dedication will be delayed until government restrictions are lifted on large public gatherings.

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple at Night

The newly constructed Winnipeg Manitoba Temple has become a beaming beacon at the entrance to The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater in southwest Winnipeg. The exterior lighting system is fully operating, casting a glorious glow on the House of the Lord and its landscaped grounds. The public open house, which was originally scheduled to begin this week, was postponed due to COVID-19 and has not yet been rescheduled.

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Art Glass Installed

The final pieces of art glass have been installed in the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, filling the elegant archway over the entrance, the narrow openings in the steeple, and the main body of the temple. Temporary construction doors being used in the entrance will soon be replaced with larger glass-filled doors underneath an inscription stone—yet to be installed—designating the temple as the House of the Lord. The temple incorporates a flower into the design theme, which appears to be the province's official flower, the prairie crocus.

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Opening Postponed

Due to concern over the effects of COVID-19, the public open house, youth devotional, and dedication of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple have been postponed until large public gatherings are deemed safe. Originally, the open house was to be held Thursday, October 22, through Saturday, October 31, 2020. The dedication was to be held on Sunday, November 8, 2020. An announcement with revised opening dates will be made later.

Scaffolding Removed from the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

With scaffolding removed from the front side of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, the sacred structure is looking more beautiful than ever. Art glass has been installed over the entrance doors, and more will be added to the sidelights and in the arch. The inscription stone will be placed in the rectangular space directly above the doors, and the cornerstone will be sealed in the cavity located on the lower right corner of the facade. A public open house is scheduled to begin in less than two months.

A View from Above of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

The day following the installation of the angel Moroni, the beautiful Winnipeg Manitoba Temple was captured from the perspective of a drone, showing the progress on all sides of the building. The brickwork has nearly been completed, and roof work continues. The flyover also gives a good view of the attractive landscaping including the curved walkways and the garden areas around the perimeter. Watch the video.

Angel Moroni Added to the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Following an unsuccessful attempt on July 15, Saints are rejoicing at the installation of the angel Moroni statue today atop the spire of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple under beautiful blue skies. The event comes less than three months before a public open house is scheduled to begin on October 22, 2020, and continue through October 31. Construction is nearing completion with interior finish work well underway and a little brickwork and roof work remaining on the exterior.

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Art Glass Windows

The art glass windows installed over the past few weeks in the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple reflect brilliantly under the blue skies featured in the latest photographs of the temple complex. Window installation continues on the front and rear sides of the temple and will soon begin in the lantern, just beneath the spire. Brick layers are also making steady progress up the front side of the building.

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple to Be Dedicated in November

People of all faiths are invited to tour the beautiful Winnipeg Manitoba Temple during a free open house starting Thursday, October 22, and continuing through Saturday, October 31, 2020, except for Sunday, October 25. Visitors will learn more about the purpose of the temple and have an opportunity to ask questions. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the temple on Sunday, November 8, 2020, in three sessions, at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. A youth devotional will be held on the evening prior to the dedication.

Beautiful Brickwork Adorns the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Brickwork has been completed on three sides of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, leaving only the front side where the most detailed patterns will be laid. A light-colored stone around the windows and the base of the building set off the deep red hues of the brick. Increasing temperatures has allowed work on the roof to resume. A gray underlayment has been installed on the roof deck, which will be covered with dark brown shingles.

Presidents Called for Temples in Winnipeg, Yigo, and San Juan

The First Presidency has called the temple president and matron for three temples that are under construction. George L. and Linda A. Spencer have been called to oversee activities in the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. Marlo O. and Memnet P. Lopez will serve patrons of the Yigo Guam Temple. And Justo P. and Lucy R. Casablanca will have charge over the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple.

Exterior Tarps Coming Down at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

The brickwork and stonework on the exterior of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple is being revealed as orange tarps that have clung to the building for the last several months are removed. Work started on the east side of the temple, moved to the rear, and then to the west, finally reaching the front side a few weeks ago.

Construction Moving Forward in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tarps are stretching across the front of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple as bricklayers make their way around the building and up the facade. The windowed tower, still covered in foam board insulation, will also be covered in brick. Winter weather is expected to subside over the next couple of months, removing the hindrance of cold temperatures and allowing construction to move ahead at an accelerated pace.

Brickwork Progressing on the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Tarps are covering nearly all sides of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, protecting masons as they continue to lay a reddish-colored brick in handsome patterns along the building's exterior walls. The adjoining brick meetinghouse is already completed on the outside. Last month, the spire was attached to the tower of the temple. Work is progressing on the interior.

Spire Attached to Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Tower

The gold-colored spire of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, which has stood in a staging area near the temple for the past few months, was installed today in its permanent location atop the tower over the main entrance. Subcontractors continue to work on the interior and exterior of the building through the challenging winter months.

Beautiful Day at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

The new year brought blue skies to the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple where brick is being laid under bright orange tarps, and finish work is progressing on the interior of the building. The temple will significantly reduce travel time for members who currently drive several hours to perform ordinance work in the temple, especially the Regina Saskatchewan Temple.

Laying Exterior Brick at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Orange tarps are draped around the exterior of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple to keep brick layers and their materials warm under Canada's frigid winter temperatures. In a staging area in front of the temple, the frame for the spire has been sheathed and is being painted gold. The exterior of the adjoining meetinghouse is nearly completed including functioning exterior light fixtures.

Sheathing the Exterior of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

A beige sheathing layer is being installed over the green insulating layer on the exterior of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple in preparation for the brick exterior. At the adjacent meetinghouse, brickwork is nearly finished and the interior is progressing. Major landscaping elements are in place including curbing, lamp posts, and some trees and asphalt.

Installing Asphalt at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Pavers have begun installing asphalt in the parking lots surrounding the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple and adjoining meetinghouse. Soft landscaping is also underway with trees being planted along the driveway that leads to the temple complex. Excellent progress has been achieved on the brick exterior of the meetinghouse.

Enclosing the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

With temperatures slowly sinking across the Interior Plains, laborers at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple have boarded up the window openings and have nearly finished enclosing the structure. The metal framework for the spire sits on a staging pad in front of the temple. Watch a new video of a flight taken over the meetinghouse and temple.

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.

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.

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.

Structural Framing Continues for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Structural framing for the entrance to the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple was set into place today. The entrance will support a handsome steeple with a gold-colored spire, capped with an angel Moroni statue. On the rear side of the roof, framing for a chimney can be seen. Exterior walls have been attached to much of the steel structure.