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Temple News & Updates | Week of 12 January 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)

An Explosive Start to Construction in Saratoga Springs, Utah

Photo Courtesy of Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Subcontractors for the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple project are having a blast preparing the ground for the future temple and meetinghouse. Precisely placed explosives are breaking through the unyielding bedrock so that excavation may proceed to the required depth. The solid bedrock will provide a firm footing for the buildings’ foundations.

Beautiful Day at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Photo Courtesy of Shelby Wickham

The new year brought blue skies to the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple where brick is being laid under bright orange tarps, and finish works is progressing on the interior of the building. The temple will significantly reduce travel time for members who currently drive several hours to perform ordinance work in the temple, especially the Regina Saskatchewan Temple.

Rebar Rising for the Center Tower of the Quito Ecuador Temple

Photo Courtesy of Wingslon Eduardo Lopez Velecela

A collection of new photographs shows the construction progress of the Quito Ecuador Temple. Parapet walls are being poured, and rebar is going up for the center tower. Construction of the temple began almost eight months ago. It will be joining the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple to serve the 250,000 members in that nation.

Preparing to Raze the South Visitors’ Center

Photo Courtesy of C. Nielsen

Construction activity is already underway at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, just days after the closure of the Salt Lake Temple this past Sunday. The gate and a portion of the ornamental fencing along the south side of the block have come down, and chain-link fencing is going up to mark the area of construction. The short wrought-iron fence between the temple and South Visitors’ Center has been removed, and the concrete surrounding the visitors’ center is being crushed and removed in preparation for demolishing the building.

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Devin Justesen
Devin Justesen
Devin is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.

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