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Temple News & Updates – Week of June 26

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Here at, 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 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)

Cedar City Update

Construction Update: The structure of the Cedar City Utah Temple is now complete. This temple is truly becoming a monument to the members in its surrounding area.

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 Update

Update: Open house tickets for the Sapporo Japan Temple are now available for free here. The temple will be open to the public July 8-23, of this year.

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.

Barranquilla Temple Update

Update: Elder Ronald A. Rasband visited the Barranquilla Colombia Temple site earlier in June. There are currently no specifics available on the status of the construction site. Elder Rasband also visited many church members and missionaries.

Temple Facts: The Barranquilla Colombia Temple was announced in October of 2011. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 20, 2016 by Juan A. Uceda. The temple will be close to the Magdalena River and the ocean. The Baranquilla Colombia Temple will serve Latter-day Saints from seven stakes and two districts. This will be the second temple in Colombia.

Concepción Temple Update

Update: The concrete walls at the Concepción Chile Temple are no in place. Workers are currently working on a parapet wall which will hide rooftop equipment and add distinction to the building.

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.

Arequipa Temple Update

Construction Update: New photos show the location of the Arequipa Peru Temple. The temple will sit below the Misti volcano. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

Temple Facts: The Arequipa Peru Temple was announced in October 2012. The groundbreaking ceremony date has not yet been announced. The temple is currently in the construction preparation phase and therefore the renderings of the temple have not been released. The Arequipa Peru Temple is located just a few miles south of the city center. This will be Peru’s third temple.

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Lauren Kutschke
Lauren Kutschke
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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