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Temple News & Updates | Week of 19 July 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)

Construction Moving Forward on the Urdaneta Philippines Temple

Photo Courtesy of Herald Lyndon Aquino


On June 16, 2020, quarantine restrictions for the province of Pangasinan—where the Urdaneta Philippines Temple is located—were eased from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), allowing all public and private construction projects to proceed under proper social distancing and safety guidelines. Crews have been back at work continuing with the structural framing for the temple and adjacent housing facility.

Groundbreaking Committee Formed for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple

Photo Courtesy of Scott C. Sorensen

A groundbreaking committee that has been organized for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple is preparing for a ceremony at the end of August, but a referendum by Erda-area residents could delay the service or even alter plans for the temple according to Church officials interviewed by the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. If enough signatures are gathered to place the rezoning for the temple development on a ballot, the groundbreaking will be delayed for certain. The outcome of that potential vote could ultimately alter construction plans.

Concrete Frame for Praia Cabo Verde Temple

Photo Courtesy of Construção do Templo da Cidade da Praia – Cabo Verde Facebook page

The concrete frame for the Praia Cabo Verde Temple has been poured and cured, and the crew is now setting concrete blocks to form the exterior walls of the building. While those supporting walls are constructed, metal posts are being used to hold the weight of the ceiling. A wing on the west side of the temple is visible in the accompanying photograph.

Activity at the Orem Utah Temple Site

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Hewitson

Heavy equipment has been clearing the land where the Orem Utah Temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will stand. A residence that stood at the corner of the property has been also been razed in preparation for September’s groundbreaking ceremony. The temple will be the sixth constructed in Utah County.

Aerial Photograph of the Quito Ecuador Temple

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Guerrero

A bird’s-eye view of the Quito Ecuador Temple construction site shows the clean and professional working environment maintained by the general contractor. The main entrance to the temple faces toward the L-shaped housing facility where several crew members are working on the scaffolding along the rear side of the building. Work has been progressing inside the temple ever since it was enclosed several months ago.

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