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Temple News & Updates | Week of July 24

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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.

Fire at the Orem Utah Temple Under Investigation

The cause of a fire inside the Orem Utah Temple is under investigation. Flames became visible just before midnight on the night of the 25th of July. Church spokesman Doug Andersen said, “The source of the fire is not yet known, but it is believed that the fire started on the third floor of the temple. Foam was used to extinguish the fire as much as possible, which limited water damage to the construction site. Damage is still being evaluated this morning. The church is grateful to the Orem Fire Department for their quick response.”

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Interior Work on the Bangkok Thailand Temple

Inside the Bangkok Thailand Temple, finish work continues at various stages including the installation of millwork, light fixtures, railing, and tile. The temple is expected to be fully completed in 2023.

Courtesy of Mark Tippets
Courtesy of Mark Tippets

Spire Frame Installed on the Auckland New Zealand Temple

The spire frame for the Auckland New Zealand Temple has been installed on top of the frame for the steeple body, bringing the building to its full height. The multitiered spire will be clad in fluted stone—giving a waterfall-like appearance—and terminate in a golden finial. Most of the exterior has been sheathed, and some stone cladding has begun. Framing and utility rough-ins are underway on the interior.

Courtesy of Cecilia Halamehi Haangana Vakautakakala Taulango
Courtesy of Cecilia Halamehi Haangana Vakautakakala Taulango

Dome Installed on the Tallahassee Florida Temple Steeple

A beautiful octagonal dome sits on top of the tiered steeple of the Tallahassee Florida Temple, featuring a lattice pattern on the surface and a spun metal finial on top. The steeple rises over the center of the building where the Celestial Room is located. The temple has been enclosed with glass or boards in the window openings, allowing the interior work to progress.

Courtesy of Tom Simpson Photography
Courtesy of Tom Simpson Photography

Entrance Frame Installed at the Cobán Guatemala Temple

An arched frame has been bolted to the ceiling of the entryway to the Cobán Guatemala Temple. It will be used to create the rounded opening at the front of the building and to frame the Holiness to the Lord lettering that will appear underneath the arch, just above the transom window over the entry doors. The steeple dome frame has been sheathed and partially covered with sheeting.

Courtesy of Adriana Winter

Palm Trees Planted at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

A dozen royal palms have been planted leading to the entrance of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. The trunks have been staked, and the heads will remain tied for several weeks while the roots are established. Several other tree varieties have been planted in the parking lot islands on the west side, and curbing is being poured for the lot on the east side. Fence posts surround the temple grounds as the work of installing the ornamental fence continues.

Courtesy of Gailen N Janet Call
Courtesy of Gailen N Janet Call
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