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Temple News & Updates | Week of May 26

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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.

Open House Begins for the Tokyo Japan Temple


Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will host invited guest tours for the first week of the open house of the Tokyo Japan Temple. The open house will then open to the public from Friday, June 3, until Saturday, June 18. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency will preside at the rededication on Sunday, July 3, 2022, following a youth devotional held the prior evening. Watch the video above for a virtual tour of the Tokyo Japan Temple.

Open House Concludes for the Hong Kong China Temple

A private open house for the Hong Kong China Temple concluded on May 29 after running for one week. The temple was not opened to the public. The temple closed on July 8, 2019, for extensive renovation and is scheduled to be rededicated on Sunday, June 19, 2022. No presiding officer has been announced.

Interior Framing of the Tallahassee Florida Temple

Steel beams are being put in place to frame the Tallahassee Florida Temple. Cladding of the exterior of the temple was recently completed and work on the grounds continues. Ground was broken on the temple almost exactly one year ago.

Window Moldings and Panels Installed on the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple

Decorative window molding and side panels have been installed on the west side of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple. The temple remains covered in scaffolding as it waits to be primed and painted.

Stained Glass Installations at the Bentonville Arkansas and Helena Montana Temples

Stained-glass windows have been installed on the Helena Montana Temple, pictured above. Stone cladding continues on the west end of the temple and preparations are being made to begin landscaping on the grounds.

Stained glass installation has also begun on the Bentonville Arkansas Temple. Crews began placing the glass on the steeple and will work their way down to the ground level. The Bentonville Temple is the first to be constructed in the state of Arkansas.

Walk-In Temple Patrons to Be Accommodated by Availability

According to a news release from the Church Newsroom, patrons attending the temple will soon have the option to attend the temple without an appointment where space is available. The news release says, “Soon, Latter-day Saints who would like to attend the temple to perform proxy ordinances will have the option to either reserve an appointment or attend without an appointment, where space is available. As priority will be given to patrons with appointments, those who attend the temple without a reservation may be asked to wait for an opportunity to participate. As it has always been, appointments will still be necessary for all members who come to receive their own ordinances (endowment and sealing).”

You can read the entire news release here.

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Tyler Nelson
Tyler Nelson
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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