Some of the most exciting events for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2017 were the dedications of multiple new temples. Four new temples opened for the first time, with thousands in their respective cities rejoicing. Another three began construction with official groundbreaking ceremonies while five temples were announced in General Conference. Here’s a closer look at these temples and the special stories surrounding them.
LDS Temples Dedicated in 2017
Paris France Temple – Dedicated May 21, 2017
The temple in Paris, France, is the first temple to be constructed in France. It was announced on July 15, 2011, and dedicated in May 2017 by President Henry B. Eyring. The building features French limestone and stained glass windows. Due to building regulations, the temple does not have spires or an angel Moroni statue. You can read our original report on the dedication and open house here.
Tucson Arizona Temple – Dedicated August 13, 2017
The temple in Tucson is the sixth in Arizona. President Thomas S. Monson announced the temple in General Conference in 2012. In terms of style, the temple is distinctively Southwestern and features a cupola (or dome) as prevalent in the area. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf dedicated the temple in August 2017. You can learn more about the temple and dedication here.
Meridian Idaho Temple – Dedicated November 19, 2017
The Meridian Idaho Temple is the fifth temple in Idaho and was announced in General Conference on April 2, 2011. Breaking from more traditional tower and steeple designs, the temple has a unique design and features references to local flowers and agriculture. It was dedicated by President Uchtdorf in November 2017. Read more about the dedication here.
Cedar City Temple – Dedicated December 10, 2017
As the seventeenth temple in the state of Utah, the Cedar City temple recalls pioneer heritage in it’s design and aesthetic. It was announced on April 6, 2013, and dedicated by President Eyring in December 2017. Learn more about the Cedar City temple here.
LDS Temple Groundbreaking Ceremonies in 2017
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple – Ground Broken March 4, 2017
Arequipa Peru Temple – Ground Broken March 4, 2017
Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple – Ground Broken October 28, 2017
LDS Temples Announced in 2017
- Brasília Brazil Temple
- Greater Manila Philippines Temple
- Nairobi Kenya Temple
- Pocatello Idaho Temple
- Saratoga Springs Utah Temple
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