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President Nelson Announces New Temples
At the close of General Conference on Sunday 7 October 2018, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for the construction of twelve new temples: Mendoza, Argentina; Salvador, Brazil; Yuba City, California; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Praia, Cape Verde; Yigo, Guam; Puebla, Mexico; Auckland, New Zealand; Lagos, Nigeria; Davao, Philippines; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington County, Utah.
President Nelson also noted that plans are underway to renovate and update pioneer-generation temples, including the Salt Lake Temple. More details of those projects will be announced at a future date.
Groundbreaking Announced for Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Abidjan Ivory Coast temple will take place on Thursday 8 November 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Elder Neil L. Andersen will preside at the ceremony, which will be broadcast live at local meetinghouses.
Interior Progress in Durban
Workers inside the Durban South Africa Temple are hard at work installing millwork, laying the floor and wall tiles, fitting marble panels for the baptismal font, and more. Crews are also finishing painting the temple tower. Once completed, this will be the continent’s fifth temple, and the second in the country of South Africa.
Stone Cladding in Haiti
Grey-toned stone now covers many exterior walls of the Port-au-Prince Haiti temple. The temple, which was announced in April 2015, will be the second completed temple in the Caribbean.
Steeple Framework in Brazil
Framework for the conical steeple of the Rio de Janiero Brazil Temple was installed this week. Work is progressing on cladding exterior wall with stone. When completed, this will be Brazil’s eighth temple.
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