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Annual Lighting of The Manila Philippines Temple
This past Monday, the annual lighting of the Manila Philippines Temple grounds was held in celebration of Christmas and the #lighttheworld initiative. More than 300 members and friends of the Church attended the lighting ceremony including academic, interfaith, government, and media representatives. Click here to view a video presentation of the spectacular event.
Ground Broken for Mexico’s 14th Temple
This past Saturday, Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, President of the Mexico Area, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Puebla Mexico Temple with his wife, Silvia Pilar Valenzuela along with his counselors and their wives as well. This beautiful temple will be built in the Puebla neighborhood of Los Cipreses and serve more than 50,000 members. Elder Valenzuela said in his address that this temple will be a beautiful and sacred place where covenants are made that allow us to return to our loving Father in Heaven.
Celebration of Christmas Begins at Temple Square
The annual Christmas light display at Temple Square burst to life this past Friday at 5:30 pm, marking the beginning of the celebration of the Christmas season. Celebratory activities include the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional, Tabernacle Choir concerts and other musical performances, Nativity displays, and movie presentations in Legacy Theater. You can as well watch Temple Square live on YouTube here.
New Renderings Released for Salt Lake Temple Renovation
This past Wednesday, official artistic renderings of the renovations of the Salt Lake Temple were released to the public. These released renderings focus primarily on the renovations of the endowment rooms, and show a “careful and elegant approach” in renovating this historic temple, as Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department stated at the release of these renderings. You can read more concerning these renovation details and the artistic renderings here on LDS Daily.