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Salt Lake Temple Closes for Four-Year Renovation
This past Sunday the Salt Lake Temple officially closed for renovations, and evidence of construction activity could appear as early as this weekend. The temple has been packed with newlyweds desiring to be sealed and patrons wanting to see the interior before the temple closes for the next four years. It is anticipated that the South Visitor’s Center and portions of the Temple Square wall will be demolished mid-January.
Visitors Invited to Tour the Durban South Africa Temple
Public Affairs representatives in South Africa are spreading the word of the upcoming open house for the recently completed Durban South Africa Temple. Continuous tour sessions will be offered to visitors of all ages from January 22 through February 1 of 2020. The tours will feature a video presentation and a walking tour of the temple. Tours will be free of charge, with no donations being solicited.
Frankfurt Germany Temple Water Feature
The beautiful new water feature at the recently rededicated Frankfurt Germany Temple reminds patrons that Christ is the source of eternal life.
Temple Milestones in 2019
During the year of 2019, sixteen new temples were announced; ground was broken for eleven temples; seven temples were rededicated including the Asunción Paraguay Temple, Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple, Frankfurt Germany Temple, Memphis Tennessee Temple, Oakland California Temple, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, and Raleigh North Carolina Temple; and six temples were dedicated including the Arequipa Peru Temple, Fortaleza Brazil Temple, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, Lisbon Portugal Temple, Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, and Rome Italy Temple.
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