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Temple News & Updates – Week of August 28

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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)

Jordan River Temple Update

Renovation Update: The renovation at the Jordan River Utah Temple is still underway. Workers are currently restoring the stained glass.

Temple Facts: The Jordan River Utah Temple was announced in February 1978. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 1979 by Spencer W. Kimball. It was dedicated in November 1981 by President Marion G. Romney. The temple is currently undergoing a renovation and will be rededicated upon its finish. Mechanical and electrical systems will be replaced and some escalators will be replaced with stairs. The Jordan River Utah Temple was the seventh temple built in Utah, and the only temple to be dedicated by President Marion G. Romney.

Fortaleza Temple Update

Construction Update: Concrete forms and rebar are rising above the sand and soil at the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Workers are preparing to pour the walls of the foundation. A new photo below shows an overhead view of the construction.

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.

Durban Temple Update

Construction Update: Dump trucks, bulldozers, and excavators can be seen at the Durban South Africa Temple site. The ground is being prepared to be a sturdy foundation for the temple as the rest of the site is made into terraces.

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 2019.

Hartford Temple Update

Update: Open house tickets were made available on September 1st for the Hartford Connecticut Temple’s open house. The open house will be held on September 30 through October 22.

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
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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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