Temple News & Updates | Week of 7 June 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.

Construction Barrier Up at Richmond Virginia Temple Site

Photo Courtesy of Wayne Leake

The construction fence around the Richmond Virginia Temple site has been completed, and the meetinghouse site has now been cleared including rough grading for the driveway. The County has issued building permits for the meetinghouse, which will allow construction to proceed. Final approvals for the temple are still underway.

More Temples to Reopen Including in Africa

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Fourteen temples reopen today under phase 1, and eleven more will reopen next Monday. Temples are reopening in Africa (Ghana and Nigeria) for the first time since the announcement in March that temporarily closed all temples as a precaution against COVID-19. Additional temples reopen in Asia, Europe, the Pacific, and the United States. Click the link here to read our full article about the eleven re-opened Temples.

Layton Utah Temple Groundbreaking Video Released

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Elder Craig C. Christensen, president of the Utah Area, presided at last week’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Layton Utah Temple. The video of that service has now been released. “We are very grateful to join you from this impressive and beautiful site,” said Elder Christensen during his remarks. “Like every temple, it is the product of the faith of Latter-day Saints who live in this area, and around the world. It reflects our faith in Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness, and in His Son Jesus Christ, including His Atonement and Resurrection.” Click the link here to see the full video coverage.

Saratoga Springs Utah Temple Structural Walls

Photo Courtesy of James Turner

More structural walls are being poured for the three-story Saratoga Springs Utah Temple with two sections rising on each side of the foundation. The 87,000-square-foot building features a full basement that will be treated and waterproofed before it is backfilled. The temple will serve the rapidly growing population on the west side of Utah Lake.

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