Here at LDSDaily.com, we know that members of the church sure love temples. However, I would only hear about the status of a temple when it was announced, during the groundbreaking ceremony, the open house, the placement of the Angel Moroni, and the dedication. However, there is so much more going on with these sacred buildings that we just never hear about. So, we decided to post weekly (every Sunday) updates about the temples from around the world. What better way to stay up to date on what is going on with His holy houses.
Thanks to members of the church worldwide and our friends at LDSChurchTemples.com for providing these updates. If you have updates (including pictures or video) about a temple near you, feel free to send it to calledtoshare (at) ldsdaily.com.
Star Valley Temple Update
Update: Filming recently took place for the cultural celebration of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. 700 primary children wearing white carried candles on the grounds of the temple. This film will be used the night before the dedication of the temple. White tents have now gone up in preparation for the open house of the temple, which is to be held September 23 through October 8.
Temple Facts: The Star Valley Wyoming Temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April 2015 by Elder Craig C. Christensen. The temple will be approximately 17,000 square feet, will serve members in the following six stakes: Afton Wyoming Stake, Kemmerer Wyoming Stake, Montpelier Idaho Stake, Montpelier Idaho South Stake, Soda Springs Idaho Stake, and Thayne Wyoming Stake. The Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be the first built in the state of Wyoming. The dedication will be held on October 30, 2016.
Idaho Falls Temple Update
Renovation Update: The parking lot of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple is being resurfaced as work continues on the renovation of the temple.
Temple Facts: The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple was announced in March of 1937, but was not dedicated until 1945 due to the interruption of World War II. It was dedicated by President George Albert Smith. The temple has approximately 92,177 square feet and was the first temple in Idaho. The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple is currently closed for renovation, but will be re-dedicated and opened in early 2017.
Cedar City Temple Topped with Angel Moroni
Construction Update: The steeple of the Cedar City Temple was shingled and then topped with the Angel Moroni on Thursday, September 15.
Temple Facts: The Cedar City Utah Temple was announced in the April 2013 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2015 by Elder L. Whitney Clayton. The temple will be approximately 42,657 square feet, will serve members in 17 stakes in Southern Utah and Eastern Nevada. The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the seventeenth temple in Utah. Estimated completion is late 2017.