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Temple News & Updates | Week of 1 March 2020

Thanks to members of the church worldwide and for providing these updates. Please Note: It is possible that progress has been made on temples not included in this article that we have not been made aware of.  If you have updates (including pictures or video) about a temple near you, feel free to send it to calledtoshare (at)

First Interior Renderings Released for Washington D.C. Temple

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This past Thursday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released information regarding an open house, youth devotional and rededication to soon be held following the renovation of the Washington D.C. Temple. With the renovation nearing completion, the First Presidency released interior renderings of the Temple, showing the beautiful work done inside this historic Temple. Click here to see our full coverage of this announcement.

All Temples in Japan Temporarily Close

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Continued concern over the spread of the coronavirus has prompted the temporary closure of additional temples for the protection of workers and patrons, many of whom are more susceptible to complications of the virus due to age. All temples in Japan including the Tokyo Japan Temple, Fukuoka Japan Temple, and Sapporo Japan Temple will join the list of the previously announced temples including the Taipei Taiwan Temple, Seoul Korea Temple, and Hong Kong China Temple.

Exterior Rendering of Brasília Brazil Temple Released

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A newly released exterior rendering of the Brasília Brazil Temple showcases a beautiful white temple designed to compliment the famous architectural style of the city. The single-story, 25,000-square-foot building will be constructed on a six-acre site in the northern section of the city near an arm of Paranoá Lake alongside a patron housing facility and new meetinghouse. Project leaders have begun to work with government officials to submit public documents. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

Preparing for Construction in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photo Courtesy of Parker Garlitz

Progress is being made on clearing and preparing the ground for the construction of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple. It will stand on the site of the former Trujillo Alto chapel, which was demolished early last year. Displaced members have been attending church at the meetinghouse located in the suburb of Carolina, just east of San Juan.

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