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.
Structural Framing Begins at Tucson Arizona Temple
Construction Update: The foundation is nearing completion as the forms are being removed. Steel beams stretch across the concrete walls to form the framework for the main and second level floors. Metal deck sheets are being installed and prepared to have concrete poured to create the two floors.
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.
Stained Glass Windows Installed at Fort Collins Temple (Live Video Feed)
Construction Update: Beautiful stained glass windows have started to replace the temporary windows currently installed at the Fort Collins Colorado temple.
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. Estimated completion is late 2016.
Landscaping Continues at Meridian Idaho Temple (Live Video Feed)
Construction Update: As snow on the grounds of the Meridian Idaho temple cleared, construction crews were able to continue working on the landscaping features around the grounds of the temple. This includes the two pond features now being filled with water, and decorative stones being places around the ponds. Windows are being installed and are slowly replacing the wood placeholders.
Temple Facts: The Meridian Idaho temple was announced in the April 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2014 by Elder David A Bednar. The temple will be approximately 65,960 square feet, will serve members Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, and Middleton. A new stake center is also being built on the land. The Meridian Idaho temple will be the fifth temple in the state of Idaho. Estimated completion is late 2017.
Front of Sapporo Japan Temple Now Visible
Construction Update: A large construction barrier which previously covered the front of the Sapporo Japan temple was taken down this week and revealed the beautiful entrance of the temple. The exterior floodlighting has also recently become operational which lights the entire temple as interior construction progress continues.
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. A 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 open house will begin on Friday, July 8 and continue through Saturday July 23, 2016. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 21, 2016.
Open House Commences at Suva Fiji Temple
Update: The public open house for the Suva Fiji temple commenced this week and will run every day through Saturday, February 2, 2016, except Sunday, January 31.
Temple Facts: The Suva Fiji temple was closed for renovation in October 2014. The temple was originally dedicated in June 2000 by President Gordon B. Hinckley. The temple was the 91st operating temple of the church and has 10,700 total square feet. The temple will be rededicated on Sunday, February 21, 2016. The temple serves Latter-day Saints in Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.