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Temple News & Updates | Week of 17 May 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)

Quito Ecuador Temple Tower Walls in Place

Photo Courtesy of Wingslon Eduardo Lopez Velecela

The final sections of the Quito Ecuador Temple tower walls have been poured and topped with brackets that will support the building’s slender spire and angel Moroni statue. The temple and accompanying housing facility have been enclosed, allowing interior work to progress. Construction has moved forward steadily at the temple complex, much to the delight of area members who have watched the structures rise.

Request to Build in Moses Lake, Washington

Photo Courtesy of Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Church representatives recently submitted a request to the City of Moses Lake to authorize construction of the Moses Lake Washington Temple and a new stake center on unplatted land. The resolution was placed on the City Council’s consent agenda for routine approval at its regular meeting last night. The recommendation from City staff was that the resolution be approved with the requirement that the property be platted within one year. The resolution will allow building permits to be pulled before the platting process is finalized.

Cladding of Tokyo Japan Temple Annex Building Completed

Courtesy of Tokyo Japan Stake Newsroom

The removal of scaffolding and debris netting from the annex building next to the Tokyo Japan Temple has revealed the recently clad exterior of the structure. The multipurpose facility bears some architectural similarities to the temple including the columns that flank the main windows. Trees are also being planted atop the roof, similar to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Construction at the temple complex is expected to be completed later this year with a public open house held next year. President Hideki Aoki and his wife, Setsuko, have been re-called to serve as temple president and matron.

More Temples to Reopen Under Phase 1 Provo City Center Temple - Golden Sunset
Photo Courtesy of Kenny Latimer

Seventeen temples reopened today, and seventeen more will reopen next Monday across Asia, Europe, and the United States under phase 1 of the reopening plan for temples as announced by the First Presidency. Phase 1 allows for living husband-and-wife sealings to be performed with a limited number of participants under the restrictions defined by the local government. Appointments are required.

Driveway Entrance to Richmond Virginia Temple Site

Photo Courtesy of Eric Lee

With the majority of trees felled and cleared needed to make way for the Richmond Virginia Temple, crews have begun to rough in the driveway entrance to the temple property off Mountain Road. Construction at the wooded site for Virginia’s first temple has been underway for just about a month.

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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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