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Temple News & Updates | Week of 12 April 2020

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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)

Clearing the Temple Site in Washington County, Utah

Photo Courtesy of Markel Massey

A former farm in St. George, Utah, will soon be the site of the Washington County Utah Temple. For several days, heavy equipment has been clearing and grading the property. The official exterior rendering was recently released for the temple, as plans receive the necessary approvals and permits. Renovation continues on the city’s first temple: the St. George Utah Temple.

Granite Cladding Progress at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Photo Courtesy of Rick Satterfield

Scaffolding stretches across the rear side of the Pocatello Idaho Temple where granite cladding is being attached. Work started on the north end and has wrapped around to the east side. Months of work are ahead to finish cladding the main level and everything above it. Temporary glass has been installed on the main level and framing progresses inside.

Eight New Temples Announced in General Conference

How COVID-19 Will Impact the April 2020 General Conference
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At the closing session of the 190th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the following eight temples: Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple, Tallahassee Florida Temple, Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple, Benin City Nigeria Temple, Syracuse Utah Temple, Dubai United Arab Emirates Temple, and Shanghai China Temple.

Exterior Renderings Released for Temples in Washington and Utah

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published exterior renderings today of the Moses Lake Washington Temple, Tooele Valley Utah Temple, and Washington County Utah Temple, as project leaders prepare to submit public documents to government officials for approval. Interior renderings and groundbreaking dates for each temple will be announced later.

Preparing for the Richmond Virginia Temple Groundbreaking

Photo Courtesy of Janine Harper Taylor

At an activity held several weeks ago, youth groups gathered to the heavily wooded Richmond Virginia Temple site to clear the land and prepare it for groundbreaking next weekend. Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation, the ceremony will be a small private event and not broadcast to any meetinghouses as originally planned. The decision was made to go forward with the groundbreaking in order to meet previously scheduled construction deadlines.

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