Courtesy of Julee Steenblik

Temple News & Updates – Week of January 30, 2017

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Summer Dedication Slated for Tucson Arizona Temple

Courtesy of Stan Kartchner
Courtesy of Stan Kartchner

Update: An open house for the Tucson Arizona Temple will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, through Saturday, June 24, 2017. The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, August 13.

Temple Facts: The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple built in Arizona, following the Mesa, Snowflake, Gila Valley, Gilbert, and Phoenix temples.

Meridian Idaho Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced

Update: A public open house for the Meridian Idaho temple has been scheduled to begin October 21, 2017. The open house will run through November 11, 2017. The temple will then be dedicated on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Temple Facts: The Meridian Idaho Temple will be the fifth temple built in Idaho, following the Idaho Falls, Boise, Rexburg, and Twin Falls temples. This temple will help ease demands on the Boise Idaho temple, which often has full endowment rooms during busy operating hours.

Courtesy of Julee Steenblik
Courtesy of Julee Steenblik

December Dedication Scheduled for Cedar City Utah Temple.

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Update: The Cedar City Temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, December 10, 2017. An open house will be held prior to the dedication, beginning October 27 and ending November 18, 2017.

Temple Facts: Cedar City suburb Enoch, Utah was home to Joel Hill Johnson when he wrote the hymn High On A Mountain Top.


Concrete Forms for Fortaleza Brazil Temple are Set

Update: Cranes were used to deliver concrete forms to the top of exterior walls. The forms will remain in place as workers prepare for the pouring of the parapet – a low wall along the roofline that will add distinction and shield rooftop equipment from view.

Temple Facts: Once completed, this will be the seventh temple in Brazil.

Courtesy of Lehi F. Ramos
Courtesy of Lehi F. Ramos

Entrance buildings at Durban South Africa Temple site are Staked

Courtesy of Sister Bray
Courtesy of Sister Bray

Update: Workers surveyed the ground and staked outlines for some ancillary buildings at the Durban South Africa Temple site, including a guardhouse at the entrance. The temple foundation is being waterproofed and concrete exterior walls are being poured for a missionary housing buliding.

Temple Facts: Once complete, the Durban temple will be the 5th completed temple in Africa, and the second in South Africa.





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