Temple News & Updates | Week of 12 July 2020

Thanks to members of the church worldwide and ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org 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) ldsdaily.com.

Preparing for the Feather River California Temple Groundbreaking

Photo Courtesy of Jon Rouse

All of the former structures on the site of the Feather River California Temple have been demolished and removed, clearing the way for next weekend’s groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Saturday, July 18, 2020. Yuba City sits at the junction of several major highways, making temple worship more accessible for many members throughout Northern California. The temple will be the most northern in the state.

Washington D.C. Temple Water Features

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Williams Payne

The water features at the Washington D.C. Temple are operating including a circular fountain with a large center spray and an infinity-style reflection pool near the visitors’ center. Beautiful landscaping has filled the grounds, and renovation is nearing completion. An open house that was originally scheduled to begin in September has been postponed in response to COVID-19. The first open house of the temple, held in 1974, drew over 750,000 visitors.

Saratoga Springs Utah Temple Rapidly Rising

Photo Courtesy of Jason Gibson

Structural steel framing for the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple has already reached the third level, and floor decks are going down for the main level and second level. The concrete walls on each side of the building are currently being braced by support beams until they are fully secured to the steel structure. The concrete slab for the meetinghouse has cured, and wood framing has begun.

Footings Poured for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

Photo Courtesy of Temple San Juan, PR Facebook Page

Construction has resumed on the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple with footings being poured and rebar being set for the foundation walls. The south-facing temple is being constructed on the east side of the property, and the meetinghouse is being built on the west side next to The School of San Juan. Shortly after excavation for the foundation was carried out, a lockdown order was issued on March 16, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a temporary delay. A four-phase reopening plan for the island began in May.

Six Additional Temples to Reopen on July 13

Photo Courtesy of Richard Gingras

The total number of reopened temples will rise to 115 on Monday, July 13, when the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple, Los Angeles California Temple, Montreal Quebec Temple, Porto Alegre Brazil Temple, Seattle Washington Temple, and Spokane Washington Temple reopen under Phase 1. All of the 115 reopened temples continue to operate under this phase.

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