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Temple News & Updates – Week of August 14

Here at LDSDaily.com, we know that members of the church sure love temples. However, I would only hear about the status of a temple when it was announced,  during the groundbreaking ceremony, the open house, the placement of the Angel Moroni, and the dedication. However, there is so much more going on with these sacred buildings that we just never hear about. So, we decided to post weekly (every Sunday) updates about the temples from around the world. What better way to stay up to date on what is going on with His holy houses.

Thanks to members of the church worldwide and our friends at LDSChurchTemples.com for providing these updates. If you have updates (including pictures or video) about a temple near you, feel free to send it to calledtoshare (at) ldsdaily.com.

Hartford Temple Update

Construction Update: The scaffolding at the Hartford Connecticut Temple was removed. It allows the beautiful entrance to be more easily viewed. The public open house starts in a little more than a month.

Temple Facts: The Hartford Connecticut Temple was announced in the October 2010 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2013 by President Thomas S. Monson. The temple will be approximately 25,000 square feet, will serve members in New York and New England areas. The Hartford Connecticut Temple will be the second temple in New England, following the Boston Massachusetts Temple. The dedication will be held on November 20, 2016.


Fort Collins Temple Update

Update: The Fort Collins Colorado Temple tours started on August 19 and will continue through September 10. Reservations can be made here. A complete look of the temple can be seen in this article.

Temple Facts: The Fort Collins Colorado Temple was announced in the April 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2013 by Elder Ronald A Rasband. The temple will be approximately 30,389 square feet, will serve members in Northern Colorado, southern Wyoming, and western Nebraska. The Fort Collins Colorado Temple will be the second temple in the state of Colorado. Its dedication is planned for the 16 of October this year.


Frankfurt Temple Update

Renovation Update: The Frankfurt Germany Temple is currently being renovated. The exterior stone has been removed, but the completion has been delayed due to some unspecified complications. The new stake center on the site is almost finished, though.

Temple Facts: The Frankfurt Germany Temple was originally announced in April 1981, and dedicated by President Ezra Taft Benson in August 1987. The temple was the fifth built in Europe and the second temple built in Germany. The temple closed in September 2015 for extensive renovation and is expected to reopen in late 2017.


Star Valley Temple Update

Update: Free open house tickets are available for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. The open house will be for two weeks, starting on September 23 and ending on October 8.

Temple Facts: The Star Valley Wyoming Temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April 2015 by Elder Craig C. Christensen. The temple will be approximately 17,000 square feet, will serve members in the following six stakes: Afton Wyoming Stake, Kemmerer Wyoming Stake, Montpelier Idaho Stake, Montpelier Idaho South Stake, Soda Springs Idaho Stake, and Thayne Wyoming Stake. The Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be the first built in the state of Wyoming. The dedication will be held on October 30, 2016.


Tucson Temple Update

Construction Update: Concrete curbing is being poured at the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Temple Facts: The Tucson Arizona Temple was announced in the October 2012 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2015 by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. The temple will be approximately 34,000 square feet, and will serve members from ten stakes. The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple in Arizona. Estimated completion is late 2017.


Sapporo Temple Update

Update: The Sapporo Japan Temple is being dedicated on Sunday, August 21st. Approximately 13,000 people participated in the public open house in July.

Temple Facts: The Sapporo Japan Temple was announced in the October 2009 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2011 by Elder Gary E Stevenson. Temple grounds will also be occupied by by a mission office, temple missionary housing, temple patron housing, a arrival center, and a future meetinghouse. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Bin Kikuchi will be the temple president.

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Lauren is studying Journalism at Brigham Young University and considers the East Coast home. She has a passion for writing, photography, skiing, hiking, and traveling. She enjoys studying German and is married to her best friend.
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