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Temple News & Updates – Week of July 17

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.

Paris Temple Update

Construction Update: Stained glass windows have been installed at the Paris France Temple. Landscaping has been taking place, and new photographs show the entrance to the underground parking. Interior work should start soon.

Temple Facts: The Paris France Temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference by President Thomas S. Monson. The groundbreaking ceremony was not held, making this temple one of two that did not have a traditional groundbreaking ceremony. Temple grounds will include a housing facility, temple president residence, underground parking, and landscaped grounds open to the public. It is estimated to be completed in mid-2017.


Star Valley Temple Update

Construction Update: Landscaping is brightening up the exterior of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. Green sod and new trees have appeared.

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.


Fort Collins Temple Update

Update: The construction fence that surrounded the Fort Collins Colorado Temple for about three years was removed. The general contractor has completed work at the temple. The Church is now making preparations for next month’s open house by furnishing and otherwise preparing the temple.

Temple Facts: The Fort Collins Colorado Temple was announced in the April 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2013 by Elder Ronald A Rasband. The temple will be approximately 30,389 square feet, will serve members in Northern Colorado, southern Wyoming, and western Nebraska. The Fort Collins Colorado Temple will be the second temple in the state of Colorado. Its dedication is planned for the 16 of October this year with a public open house from August 19 to September 10.


Hartford Temple Update

Update: Only two months remain before the open house at the Hartford Connecticut Temple. Workers are finishing the exterior in preparation for granite that will be added.

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.


Angel Moroni Tops Meridian Temple

Construction Update: The Angel Moroni topped the Meridian Idaho Temple on July 20, 2016. The temple stands out among its surroundings.

Temple Facts: The Meridian Idaho Temple was announced in the April 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2014 by Elder David A Bednar. The temple will be approximately 65,960 square feet, will serve members Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, and Middleton. A new stake center is also being built on the land. The Meridian Idaho Temple will be the fifth temple in the state of Idaho. Estimated completion is late 2017.

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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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