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Spire Stones to Be Removed from the Salt Lake Temple
A crane has been installed on the south side of the Salt Lake Temple to carry out the removal of spire stones that were damaged during the recent earthquake that affected Salt Lake City. The angel Moroni statue and other stones from the east and west sides of the temple will also be temporarily removed for preservation during the project. Scaffolding will be erected around the spires to provide better access to the construction crew. Read our full article on this developing story here.
Planning Commission Approves Rezoning for the Orem Utah Temple
Plans for the Orem Utah Temple are progressing through the approval process with the City of Orem. One necessary approval was granted today by the Planning Commission with a unanimous vote to approve the rezoning of the property. The final rezoning approval is expected to be granted by the City Council on April 14. Once an official site plan has been submitted and approved by the Planning Commission, groundbreaking could be held as early as late summer or early fall. Construction is anticipated to last two years. The Interior and exterior renderings of the temple will be released prior to the groundbreaking. The height of the proposed temple is just over 218 feet.
Presidents Called for Temples in Winnipeg, Yigo, and San Juan
The First Presidency has called the temple president and matron for three temples that are under construction. George L. and Linda A. Spencer have been called to oversee activities in the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. Marlo O. and Memnet P. Lopez will serve patrons of the Yigo Guam Temple. And Justo P. and Lucy R. Casablanca will have charge over the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple.
Concept Plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple
A concept plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been submitted with a rezoning application for the 167 acres of Church-owned property in Erda, Utah, where the temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed. Several housing developments and open spaces have been proposed for the property surrounding the temple grounds. The temple is anticipated to be similar in size and dimensions to the Pocatello Idaho Temple. A question-and-answer meeting was recently held with Tooele-area priesthood leaders and representatives from Church headquarters. No groundbreaking date has been scheduled, but it may be held as early as this fall.
City Approvals Granted for the Taylorsville Utah Temple
At a City Council meeting held tonight for the City of Taylorsville, three ordinances and a resolution were approved to clear the way for construction of the Taylorsville Utah Temple. The first two ordinances amend the City code, adding a new zoning classification called Site Specific Development – Institutional – Temple. And the third ordinance rezones the temple property from Single Family Residential to the new classification. The resolution approves a development agreement with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the construction of the temple.
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