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Temple News & Updates – Week of August 21

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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)

Fortaleza Temple Update

Construction Update: The ground has been prepared for the foundation of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Footings were poured and concrete forms were set.

Temple Facts: The Fortaleza Brazil Temple was announced in October 2009. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in November 2011 by David A. Bednar. The temple has at least 13 stakes in the surrounding area. Design plans call for a patron housing facility, meetinghouse, and maintenance building. The Fortaleza Brazil Temple will be the seventh temple built in Brazil.

Freiberg Temple Update

Update: The open house for the Freiberg Germany Temple ended on August 27th. Its rededication date can be found below.

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 having public tours and will be rededicated on September 4, 2016.

Cedar City Temple Update

Construction Update: A new photo below of the Cedar City Utah Temple shows a colorful sunset. Also, zinc shingles were laid on the temple roof, giving the tower a finished look.

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.

Sapporo Temple Dedicated

Update: The Sapporo Japan Temple was dedicated on Sunday, August 21st. It became the 151st operating temple. See an article about the dedication here.

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. President Russell M. Nelson dedicated the temple on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Hartford Temple Update

Construction Update: The final piece of granite was set in place at the Hartford Connecticut Temple. The granite is a decorative urn. A three-tiered fountain has also been installed.

Temple Facts: The Hartford Connecticut Temple was announced in the October 2010 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2013 by President Thomas S. Monson. The temple will be approximately 25,000 square feet, will serve members in New York and New England areas. The Hartford Connecticut Temple will be the second temple in New England, following the Boston Massachusetts Temple. The dedication will be held on November 20, 2016.

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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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