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Temple New & Updates – Week of May 15

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)

Star Valley Temple Update

Construction Update: Beautiful photos of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple have been taken, including some photos from the Afton Tabernacle Tower. The Angel Moroni was placed on April 25. Lighting tests are in progress.

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. The dedication will be held on October 30, 2016.

Freiberg Temple Update

Renovation Update: The Freiberg Germany Temple will be rededicated on September 4, 2016. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf just organized the first stake in the Czech Republic. This stake falls under jurisdiction of the Freiberg Germany Temple.

Temple Facts: The Freiberg Germany Temple was announced in October 1982. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April 1983 by Thomas S. Monson and was dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley in June of 1985. It has one ordinance room and two sealing rooms. It is currently undergoing a renovation and will be rededicated on September 4, 2016.

Meridian Temple Update

Construction Update: The Meridian Idaho Temple is receiving some adornment in the form of stained-glass windows. Some stained-glass windows were installed on the north side of the temple. Curbing has also been poured for the parking lot. To facilitate work on the parking lot, the construction trailers have been temporarily moved. The visitors’ trailer is also temporarily closed.

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.

Paris Temple Update

Construction Update: While visiting Paris and Brussels, President and Sister Uchtdorf toured the Paris France Temple. Deseret News quoted President Uchtdorf saying that having the Paris France Temple is a “matter of faith rewarded.” A video from their visit can be seen here.

Temple Facts: The Paris France Temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference by President Thomas S. Monson. The groundbreaking ceremony was not held, making this temple one of two that did not have a traditional groundbreaking ceremony. Temple grounds will include a housing facility, temple president residence, underground parking, and landscaped grounds open to the public. It is estimated to be completed in early 2017.

Tucson Temple Update

Construction Update: Retaining walls are appearing around the Tucson, Arizona Temple. These walls will encircle the temple and help to level the grounds.

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 members from ten stakes. The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple in Arizona. Estimated completion is late 2017 to early 2018.

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