LDS Temple News & Updates – Week of Jan 31

Here at, 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 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)

Jordan River Temple to Close For Renovation

Update: The Jordan River Utah temple will close on February 15, 2016 through the latter part of 2017 for extensive renovation. Improvements include the temple being structurally upgraded and reinforced, as well as the addition of a separate entry to the baptistry.

Temple Facts: The Jordan River 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.

Hartford Connecticut Temple Scaffolding

Construction Update: The Hartford Connecticut temple scaffolding is being removed by construction crews, revealing the beautiful granite that has been attached to the exterior.

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. Estimated completion is late 2016.

View of Rome Italy Temple Site

Construction Update: Scaffolding has been put into place surrounding the two temple spires of the Rome Italy temple. Framework for the two spires were put into place in November.

Temple Facts: The Rome Italy temple was announced in the October 2008 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2010 by President Thomas S Monson. The temple will be approximately 40,000 square feet and will be the twelfth temple in Europe, and the first in Italy. The temple property will also have a stake center, a visitors center, a family history center, and a housing facility for temple workers and patrons. Estimated completion is late 2016 to early 2017.

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