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Temple News & Updates | Week of 28 January 2018

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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)


Grounds Coming Together in Chile

Plants arrived on the Concepción Chile Temple grounds to fill in flower beds. Weed barriers were placed before the planting commenced in order to keep the grounds pristine.

Courtesy of Elder Fred Stephenson | Looking southwest at temple from outside fence


Baton Rouge Temple Closes for Renovation

On Sunday, 28 January 2018, the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple closed for an extensive renovation. The changes will last approximately a year and a half, whereupon the building will be rededicated. Similar renovations are underway at other Southern United States temples, including Memphis, Oklahoma City, and Raleigh.

© 2017, Aaron Nuffer.


Progress in  Colombia

Crews are hard at work on the Barranquilla Colombia Temple installing art glass, irrigation lines, and driveway pavers. Plants are being delivered to the site to fill in the garden box spaces. While no official completion date has been announced, the temple is expected to be completed later this year.

Courtesy of Sergio Caicedo Jinete


Visitors’ Centers Changes

Church leaders announced a number of changes to Visitors’ Centers around the world this week. As of 31 December 2017, the London Temple Visitors’ Centre has been repurposed as a nonpatron waiting area for guests. In July 2018, the New Zealand Temple Visitors’ Center will close for renovation. During these renovations, the Church History Centre and Museum will act as Visitors’ Center.


Raleigh North Carolina Temple Progress

The entrance canopy for the Raleigh North Carolina Temple was removed this week, a major step in the temple renovation. Crews have also begun removing marble cladding from exterior walls. The grounds continue to be cleared of vegetation. All of these updates are being done in efforts to modernize and improve the temple and its auxiliary systems.

Courtesy of Jason Bailey


Grounds Progress in DRC

The entrance and driveway for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple are coming together beautifully this week. Crews continue placing concrete paths and large landscaping pieces, including large palm trees. The stately temple spire is being painted white and metal roof shingles are being laid.



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