Here at LDSDaily.com, 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 LDSChurchTemples.com 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) ldsdaily.com.
Groundbreaking Held for Durban Temple
Construction Update: The groundbreaking ceremony for the Durban South Africa Temple was held on April 9. Elder Carl B. Cook presided. He said, “Today, the ceremonial shovels will turn the soil, and the construction of the temple will begin.”
Temple Facts: The Durban South Africa Temple was announced in October 2011 by President Thomas S. Monson in the 181st Semiannual General Conference. The temple is on a hillside property that looks out over the ocean, north of Durban. This will be the fifth temple built in Africa and the second temple built in South Africa. It is estimated to be completed in early 2018.
Concepción Chile Temple Update
Construction Update: Most of the outside walls have been poured and the temple is rising as rebar is installed on the second floor.
Temple Facts: The Concepción Chile Temple was announced in the October 2009 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2015 by Elder Walter F. Gonzales. The temple will be approximately 23,000 square feet and will be the second temple built in Chile, behind the Santiago Chile Temple. The temple is scheduled to be completed in late 2018.
Philadelphia Temple Open House Dates Changed
Construction Update: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania temple open house dates have been pushed back 5 days and will now begin on August 10, 2016. The open house will continue through Friday, September 9. The dedication date is still set for September 18.
Temple Facts: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania temple was announced in the October 2008 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2011 by President Henry B. Eyring. The temple will be approximately 53,000 square feet and will be the first temple built in Pennsylvania. The temple is scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
Cedar City Temple Update
Construction Update: The steeple framework arrived and will be installed shortly. Concrete panels are also still being installed.
Temple Facts: The Cedar City Utah Temple was announced in the April 2013 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2015 by Elder L. Whitney Clayton. The temple will be approximately 42,657 square feet, will serve members in 17 stakes in Southern Utah and Eastern Nevada. The Cedar City Utah temple will be the seventeenth temple in Utah. Estimated completion is late 2017.
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