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Temple News & Updates – Week of July 3

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.

Star Valley Update

Construction Update: The Star Valley Wyoming Temple now lights up beautifully at night.

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.


Sapporo Update

Update: The temple will be open to the public this week. It opened on July 8, and will be open until July 23. Free tickets can be reserved here. Photos were released of the inside of the Sapporo Japan Temple earlier this week. An article about that first look inside can be found here.

Temple Facts: The Sapporo Japan Temple was announced in the October 2009 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2011 by Elder Gary E Stevenson. Temple grounds will also be occupied by by a mission office, temple missionary housing, temple patron housing, a arrival center, and a future meetinghouse. The open house will begin on Friday, July 8 and continue through Saturday July 23, 2016. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Bin Kikuchi will be the temple president.


Idaho Falls Temple Update

Construction Update: More materials have arrived at the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. Pallets of marble and buckets of grout can be found.

Temple Facts: The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was announced in March of 1937, but was not dedicated until 1945 due to the interruption of World War II. It was dedicated by President George Albert Smith. The temple has approximately 92,177 square feet and was the first temple in Idaho. The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple is currently closed for renovation, but will be re-dedicated and opened in early 2017.


Tucson Temple Update

Construction Update: The Tucson Arizona Temple passed a milestone. The Angel Moroni was added on July 7. A video of the placement can be viewed here.

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, will serve members from ten stakes. The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple in Arizona. 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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