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.
Concepción Temple Update
Construction Update: Steel beams are being put into place for the framing of the Concepción Chile Temple. The adjacent housing facility is also being framed.
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 2018.
Tucson Temple Update
Construction Update: View a new video of the Tucson Arizona Temple construction below. The parking lot nearby the temple has been poured and the temple itself is really beginning to stand out from its Arizona landscape.
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, and will serve members from ten stakes. The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple in Arizona. Estimated completion is late 2017.
Star Valley Temple Tours Over
Update: The Star Valley Wyoming Temple tours are over as of Friday, October 7th. This will be the first temple in Wyoming, and will be dedicated at the end of the month.
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.
Durban Temple Update
Construction Update: The street entrance for the Durban South Africa Temple was completed and is almost ready for use. Rebar is being put in place for the foundation of the temple.
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 2019.