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.
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Jordan River Temple Closed for Rennovation
Construction Update: The Jordan River temple was closed this week to begin extensive renovation. The temple will remain closed through the latter part of 2017 to undergo upgrades. Upgrades include: interior finishes, replace existing lighting, replacement of mechanical equipment, replacement of tile ceilings, modification and upgrades to initiatory areas, upgrades to the brides dressing room, seismic reinforcement, replacing escalators with stairs, renovation of the baptistery, and the addition of a separate entrance to the baptistery.
Temple Facts: The Jordan River Utah temple was originally dedicated in November 1981 by Marion G. Romney. The Jordan River temple was the seventh temple built in Utah, and with the Oquirrh Mountain temple, the first pair of temples to be built in the same city.
Stone Added To Star Valley Temple
Construction Update: The Star Valley Wyoming temple is progressing rapidly as the stone exterior has been completed. Interior finishes are still progressing.
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. Estimated completion is early 2017.
Dome Taking Shape At Tucson Temple
Construction Update: The dome of the Tucson Arizona temple was assembled this week. This will eventually become the resting place for the Angel Moroni.
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, will serve an estimated eight stakes in the area, and will be the sixth temple in the state of Arizona. Estimated completion is early 2018.
Open House & Dedication Announced for Fort Collins Temple
Construction Update: The First Presidency announced the open house, cultural celebration, and dedication dates for the Fort Collins Colorado temple. The open house will begin on August 19th, and go through Saturday, September 10th. The cultural celebration will be held on October 15, the day prior to the dedication on the 16th.
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.
Groundbreaking Announced for Durban Temple
Construction Update: The First Presidency announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the Durban South Africa temple this Friday. The event will be held on April 9, 2016.
Temple Facts: The Durban South Africa temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference. The temple will be the fifth built in Africa and the second in South Africa.