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Temple News & Updates – Week of April 17

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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)

Name of Second Temple in Lima, Peru Announced

Construction Update:  The second temple in Lima, Peru is to be called the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple.

Temple Facts: The Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple was announced in April’s General Conference. It will be the second temple in Lima, Peru and the fourth temple in Peru. The groundbreaking has not yet been announced.

Flooding Closed the Houston Temple

Construction Update:  The Houston Texas Temple was closed on April 19 due to a weekend storm. No damage was received to the temple, but the flooding resulted in closing the temple. Robert A. Boyd took some amazing photos of the flooding surrounding the temple.

Temple Facts: The Houston Texas Temple was announced in September 1997. The groundbreaking was held in June 1998 and later dedicated in August 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley. The temple sits on a location of 11 acres and has two ordinance rooms and three sealing rooms. The temple has 33,970 square feet. The Houston Temple was the second temple in Texas, after the Dallas Temple. The temple is attended by 28 stakes.

Sapporo Temple Update

Construction Update:  Furniture and other items are now arriving at the Sapporo Japan Temple. Preparations are taking place for the opening of the temple.

Temple Facts: The Sapporo Japan Temple was announced in the October 2009 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2011 by Elder Gary E Stevenson. Temple grounds will also be occupied by by a mission office, temple missionary housing, temple patron housing, a arrival center, and a future meetinghouse. The open house will begin on Friday, July 8 and continue through Saturday July 23, 2016. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Philadelphia Temple Update

Construction Update: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple’s meetinghouse received its copper steeple.

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 open house is planned for August 10, 2016 through September 9, 2016. The temple is scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Tucson Temple Update

Construction Update: The Tucson Arizona Temple’s retaining walls are currently being installed. Ground was broken 6 months ago.

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.

Cedar City Temple Update

Construction Update: New photographs of the Cedar City Utah Temple show the location of the temple and progress on the concrete exterior.

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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Lauren Kutschke
Lauren Kutschke
Lauren is studying Journalism at Brigham Young University and considers the East Coast home. She has a passion for writing, photography, skiing, hiking, and traveling. She enjoys studying German and is married to her best friend.

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