Temple News & Updates – Week of August 7

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.

Kinshasa Temple Update

Construction Update: The concrete foundation walls are rising up at the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple.

Temple Facts: The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference. There are more than 40,000 members and 145 congregations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kinshasa temple is expected to be the fourth temple in Africa and the first temple in Central Africa. Estimated completion is 2019.

Tucson Temple Update

Construction Update: A summer storm resulted in a beautiful photograph of the Tucson Arizona Temple with some lightning in the background. The temple grounds are making progress as interior work is being completed.

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, and will serve members from ten stakes. The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple in Arizona. Estimated completion is late 2017.

Freiberg Germany Temple Open for Tours

Update: The Freiberg Germany Temple opened for public tours on Friday, August 12. Public tours will continue through the 27th of August. No tickets are needed. A short article about the re-opening can be found here.

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.

Star Valley Temple Update

Update: The surrounding of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple is turning green. Sod is going down and nighttime lighting has been provided. Free open house tickets will be available for reservation on August 17.

Temple Facts: The Star Valley Wyoming Temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April 2015 by Elder Craig C. Christensen. The temple will be approximately 17,000 square feet, will serve members in the following six stakes: Afton Wyoming Stake, Kemmerer Wyoming Stake, Montpelier Idaho Stake, Montpelier Idaho South Stake, Soda Springs Idaho Stake, and Thayne Wyoming Stake. The Star Valley Wyoming temple will be the first built in the state of Wyoming. The dedication will be held on October 30, 2016.

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