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.
Rome Temple Update
Update: President and Sister Uchtdorf visited the Rome Italy Temple. According to Deseret News, Uchtdorf said, “We visited the construction site, and it is impressive to see how it is coming along. It will be a magnificent and beautiful temple.”
Temple Facts: The Rome Italy Temple was announced in the October 2008 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2010 by President Thomas S. Monson. The temple will be approximately 40,000 square feet and will be the 12th temple in Europe, and the first in Italy. The temple property will also have a stake center, a visitors’ center, a family history center, and a housing facility for temple workers and patrons. Estimated completion is early 2018.
Star Valley Temple Update
Update: Free open house tickets for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be available on Wednesday, August 17 at 10:00 am. The open house will be September 23 through October 8.
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.
Philadelphia Temple Update
Update: Preliminary tours have started at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. A recent tour included neighbors of the temple. The general public can tour between August 10 and September 9.
Temple Facts: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple was announced in the October 2008 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2011 by President Henry B. Eyring. The temple will be approximately 53,000 square feet and will be the first temple built in Pennsylvania. The open house is planned for August 10, 2016 through September 9, 2016. The temple is scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
Hartford Temple Update
Construction Update: Thunderstorms painted a beautiful backdrop of the Hartford Connecticut Temple. Workers are still preparing the temple for its open house in two months.
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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