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Temple News & Updates | Week of August 21

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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.

Ground Broken for the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was held on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Elder Matthew L. Carpenter, president of the Africa Central Area, was joined by his two counselors and numerous guests including dozens of government, community, and interfaith leaders. The temple will be 19,300 square feet (1,800 square meters) and be constructed on a 2.57-acre site along with ancillary buildings for patron and missionary housing and a distribution center.

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Public Tours of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple Begin

Invited guest tours are underway at the newly renovated Hamilton New Zealand Temple. The general public is invited to tour the historic building from Friday, August 26, through Saturday, September 17, 2022, except for Sundays, August 28, September 4, and September 11. Tours are free, and visitors can reserve appointments at The temple was original dedicated on April 20, 1958, and closed for renovation on July 23, 2018. It was the first temple constructed by the Church in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Site Clearing Underway for the Willamette Valley Oregon Temple

Heavy machinery has begun to clear vegetation from the site of the Willamette Valley Oregon Temple ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony that has been scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2022. The choice piece of property is located east of Eugene in the city of Springfield, surrounded by beautiful natural features including groves of trees, rolling hills, and the meandering McKenzie River.

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Forming the Baptismal Fonts for the Salt Lake Temple

Oval-shaped forms have been set for the baptismal fonts that will sit on the east and west ends of the underground addition on the north side of the Salt Lake Temple. Construction of the addition began nine months ago following a massive excavation. On the south side, excavation for the new visitors’ center has been completed, and work on the substructure has begun. At the Church Office Building plaza, workers are installing planters and an elaborate snow-melt system for the concrete walkways.

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Footings for the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple and Ancillary Facilities

An updated satellite view of the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple site shows the footprints of the buildings that are under construction. The temple will be located on the south side of the property near the street while ancillary facilities will be housed at the northwest corner. Progress is being made on forming and pouring the footings for the buildings.

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Building the Foundation for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Construction observers who peer over the chain-link fence surrounding the Grand Junction Colorado Temple can see a variety of construction equipment and materials on site including a boom truck, excavators, portable security tower, conduit, rebar cages, and wooden pallets. Foundation work continues for the temple inside the excavation area. The groundbreaking ceremony was held just over four months ago.

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