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Temple News & Updates – Week of June 5

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 exterior concrete panels now adorn the Cedar City Utah Temple. The tower still needs to be completed. The Holiness to the Lord panel was also attached.

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.


Jordan River Temple Update

Renovation Update: Residents close to the Jordan River Utah Temple may have noticed that the spire lights were turned off. This is necessary for the renovation that is taking place on the 35-year-old building. The temple will be closed for two years.

Temple Facts: The Jordan River Utah Temple was announced in February 1978. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 1979 by Spencer W. Kimball. It was dedicated in November 1981 by President Marion G. Romney. The temple is currently undergoing a renovation and will be rededicated upon its finish. Mechanical and electrical systems will be replaced and some escalators will be replaced with stairs. The Jordan River Utah Temple was the seventh temple built in Utah, and the only temple to be dedicated by President Marion G. Romney.


Meridian Temple Update

Update: A webcam of the Meridian Idaho Temple was relocated. It now sits on top of the new stake center. View a recent video here.

Temple Facts: The Meridian Idaho Temple was announced in the April 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2014 by Elder David A Bednar. The temple will be approximately 65,960 square feet, will serve members Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, and Middleton. A new stake center is also being built on the land. The Meridian Idaho Temple will be the fifth temple in the state of Idaho. Estimated completion is late 2017.


Fort Collins Temple Update

Construction Update: Construction is nearing its end at the Fort Collins Colorado Temple. Exclusive tours begin in ten weeks, after which the open house will begin.

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.


Hartford Temple Update

Update: The Hartford Connecticut Temple’s exterior is beginning to shine. The entrance plaza added dimension to the temple, and inside, lighting and other installations are taking place.

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.


Star Valley Temple Update

Update: New photos of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple show that spring has arrived. The open house is only five months away.

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: New photos show more of the surrounding outside the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple. The Philadelphia Logan Square is close to the temple. The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple’s open house is just months away. Tickets can be reserved for the free open house here.

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.

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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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