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New Temples Announced During General Conference
During his closing remarks in General Conference this past weekend, President Russell M. Nelson announced the forthcoming construction of seven new temples around the world. The temples will be built in Salta, Argentina; Bengaluru. India; Managua, Nicaragua; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Layton, Utah; Richmond, Virginia; and a major city in Russia, which will be announced at a later date.
Progress in Portugal
Workers have been making steady progress on the Lisbon Portugal Temple this week. Window openings on the main and upper floors are framed out. Behind the adjoining meetinghouse, crews are leveling the ground and pouring curbing in preparation for a future parking lot.
Visitors’ Center Update
A new temple visitors’ center, and the first in South America, is nearly complete. The building is adjacent to the São Paulo Brazil Temple and features a glass rotunda with a replica of the Christus statue. The visitors’ center opening date will be announced this year in conjunction with the temple’s 40th anniversary.
Steady Progress in OKC
Framers are hard at work on the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, which closed for renovations in October 2017. Crews are waterproofing new exterior walls and roughing in plumbing and electrical services throughout the building.
Video Update from Rome
A video message, filmed at the Rome Italy Temple, updates members on the progress of the temple and gives glimpses at the beautiful grounds. The temple will be dedicated in mid-March 2019.
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