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.
Take a Look Inside the Philadelphia Temple
Update: The general public can start touring the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple on August 10 and can tour through September 9. Reserve your spot for free on the open house website. A video tour and photos were released of the temple interior and can be seen below.
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.
Durban Temple Update
Construction Update: The ground is being prepared for the Durban South Africa Temple. A level platform was recently carved out of the ground.
Temple Facts: The Durban South Africa Temple was announced in October 2011 by President Thomas S. Monson in the 181st Semiannual General Conference. The temple is on a hillside property that looks out over the ocean, north of Durban. This will be the fifth temple built in Africa and the second temple built in South Africa. It is estimated to be completed in early 2018.
Cedar City Temple Name Set in Stone
Construction Update: The monument sign of the Cedar City Utah Temple has been set in place. The entrance plaza is being worked on. It will feature a staircase and gardens.
Temple Facts: The Cedar City Utah Temple was announced in the April 2013 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2015 by Elder L. Whitney Clayton. The temple will be approximately 42,657 square feet, will serve members in 17 stakes in Southern Utah and Eastern Nevada. The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the seventeenth temple in Utah. Estimated completion is late 2017.
Sapporo Temple Update
Update: The Sapporo Japan Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 21. A new video below shows the beautiful, and “culturally unique” details of the temple.
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 temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Bin Kikuchi will be the temple president.
Concepción Temple Update
Construction Update: Preparation is taking place for stone to be attached to the exterior of the Concepción Chile Temple. Debris netting is being hung around the exterior to provide a safe area for workers and those who are passing by.
Temple Facts: The Concepción Chile Temple was announced in the October 2009 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2015 by Elder Walter F. Gonzales. The temple will be approximately 23,000 square feet and will be the second temple built in Chile, behind the Santiago Chile Temple. The temple is scheduled to be completed in late 2018.