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.
Cedar City Update
Construction Update: The Cedar City Utah Temple is starting to become a community landmark. A butterfly recently photobombed a photograph of the Cedar City Utah Temple, as seen below.
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: Open house tickets for the Sapporo Japan Temple will be available online on Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Japan Standard Time. The open house is to be held July 8 through July 23.
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.
New Temple Presidents
Update: The president of the Paris France Temple will be Gérard S.G. Giraud-Carrier. Bin Kikuchi has been called to be the Sapporo Japan Temple President. Alceu Arndt will be the president of the Campinas Brazil Temple. Colin Horton Bricknell will be the president of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple. Robert David Call was called to be the president of the Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple. Halver Samuel Cluff will succeed Miguel Briones Alvarado as the Tampico Mexico Temple President. Donald Hugh Livingstone will succeed Alan C. Ashton as the Provo Utah Temple President. For more information on these new presidents and their wives, take a look here.
Tucson Temple Update
Construction Update: The Tucson Arizona Temple dome is ready for shingles to be laid.
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 to early 2018.
Star Valley Temple Update
Construction Update: The Star Valley Wyoming Temple has received some landscaping. Concrete landscape walls have been added. Fence poles have also been installed.
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: Landscaping is close to being done at the Fort Collins Colorado Temple. Planter boxes have been filled. Flowers and trees have been planted. The open house is two months away. No availability date for the open house tickets has been released.
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.
Paris Temple Update
Update: More trees have been planted at the Paris France Temple. Landscaping is currently taking place in front of the visitor’s center.
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 early 2017.