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Temple News & Updates | Week of August 14

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Latter-day Saint temples continue to be built around the world as the gospel of Jesus Christ rolls forth. Here’s a quick look at temple news and updates from this last week.

Rededication of the Washington D.C. Temple

On Sunday August 14, President Russell M. Nelson rededicated the Washington D.C. Temple following a four-year renovation and a six-week open house. The open house was attended by hundreds of thousands of guests including members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices. In his rededicatory prayer, President Nelson prayed, “Please bless all who step onto these grounds, for whatever purpose, to feel Thy presence and to leave with a renewed sense of hope and an increased desire to draw close to Thee and Thy Son.”

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Official Names Announced for Temple in Rexburg, Idaho, and England

The official name has been announced for the temple to be constructed in the area north of Rexburg. It will be known as the Teton River Idaho Temple. It had been previously referred to as the Rexburg North Idaho Temple. In the same announcement, the name was announced for the third temple to be constructed in the United Kingdom. It will be called the Birmingham England Temple. Sites have not been announced for these temples.

Exterior Cladding Begins on the Mendoza Argentina Temple

Crews are installing an insulation layer over the vapor barrier on the exterior of the Mendoza Argentina Temple. On the north side of the building, scaffolds have been erected to support the work of exterior cladding. Window openings have been boarded to enclose the temple, and an additional hardscape has been installed including the front staircase.

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Cladding the Steeple of the Moses Lake Washington Temple

Stone cladding is moving up the steeple of the Moses Lake Washington Temple, bringing the exterior of the building closer to completion. Construction of the temple and meetinghouse began 22 months ago and is anticipated to be completed next year. The community of Moses Lake was settled in 1897 and later named after a Columbia-Sinkiuse tribe leader by the name of Chief Moses.

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After serving a mission to Samara, Russia, Tyler graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Creative Writing. Tyler is the author of Away From The Sun, a short collection of his written works. He lives in Provo with his drop-dead gorgeous wife, enjoys playing basketball, playing the banjo, studying history, and collecting Pokemon cards. Follow Tyler on Instagram @therealtylerbnelson

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