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.
Ground Broken for Kinshasa Temple
Construction Update: Ground was broken this week for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo temple which will be the first temple in Central Africa. Elder Neil L. Andersen was joined by other leaders of the church as well as the community on Friday during the ceremony. See full Mormon Newsroom article.
Temple Facts: The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference. There are more than 40,000 members and 145 congregations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kinshasa temple is expected to be the fourth temple in Africa. Estimated completion is currently unknown.
Cedar City Temple Continues to Rise
Construction Update: Concrete and steel continue to rise at the Cedar City Utah temple. The third floor of the temple is beginning to take shape.
Temple Facts: The Cedar City Utah temple was announced in the April 2013 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2015 by Elder L. Whitney Clayton. The temple will be approximately 42,657 square feet, will serve members in 17 stakes in Southern Utah and Eastern Nevada. The Cedar City Utah temple will be the seventeenth temple in Utah. Estimated completion is late 2017.
Philadelphia Temple Exterior Nears Completion
Construction Update: The exterior of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania temple nears completion as finished touches with the granite are put into place, lighting items are attached, and scaffolding is being removed. Seating and lockers are being installed on the interior, which should be completely furnished by May.
Temple Facts: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania temple was announced in the October 2008 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2011 by President Henry B. Eyring. The temple will be approximately 53,000 square feet and will be the first temple built in Pennsylvania. The temple is scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
Dallas Texas Temple Grounds Renovation
Construction Update: Major re-landscaping efforts have begun at the Dallas Texas temple. Minor improvements have been made to the interior of the temple over the recent months.
Temple Facts: The Dallas Texas temple was the 30th operating temple of the church and the first in the state of Texas. The The temple was originally dedicated in October 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley, and a new addition was added and dedicated in March 1989. The temple is 44,207 square feet, and serves approximately 24 stakes in Northern Texas and Northern Louisiana.
Concepción Chile Temple Receives Foundation Walls
Construction Update: The Concepción Chile temple has received foundation walls. Construction continues on the adjacent housing facility that is being built for temple patrons on temple grounds.
Temple Facts: The Concepción Chile temple was announced in the October 2009 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2015 by Elder Walter F. Gonzales. The temple will be approximately 23,000 square feet and will be the second temple built in Chile, behind the Santiago Chile Temple. The temple is scheduled to be completed in late 2018.
Tucson Temple Receives Main Center Feature
Construction Update: The Tucson Arizona temple has received its center feature which has made the temple more visible to motorists.
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.
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