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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.