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Temple News & Updates – Week of December 12

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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)

Palm Trees at Durban South Africa Temple Site Planted

Courtesy of Sister Bray
Courtesy of Sister Bray

Update: At least a dozen tall palm trees have been planted along the road that will eventually lead to the entrance of the Durban South Africa Temple.

Temple Facts: The Durban South Africa Temple was announced in October 2011. The groundbreaking took place on April 6, 2016, by Elder Carl B. Cook. It will be the fifth temple in Africa and the second in South Africa. The estimated completion date is sometime in 2018.

Fencing, Sidewalks Added to Tucson Arizona Temple

Update: Concrete is being poured at the Tucson Arizona Temple to create sidewalks and gathering areas on the landscape. Fencing is also being raised.

Temple Facts: President Thomas S. Monson announced the Tucson Arizona Temple on October 6, 2012.  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf presided over the groundbreaking ceremony on October 15, 2015. While no official dates have been announced, the temple is expected to be completed in late 2017. It will be the sixth temple in Arizona once completed.

Photo of Stan Kartchner
Photo of Stan Kartchner

Foundation of Frankfurt Germany Temple Exposed

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Courtesy of

Update: The area around the foundation of the Frankfurt Germany Temple has been cleared so reinforcements with steel can be made.

Temple Facts: The Frankfurt Germany Temple was announced in 1981 and dedicated in 1987 by Ezra Taft Benson. It was the fifth temple built in Europe. In September 2015, the temple closed so extensive renovations could be made. This includes the construction of a new visitors’ center. The project is supposed to be completed sometime in 2018.




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