Temple News & Updates – Week of September 18

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.

Philadelphia Temple Dedicated

Update: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple was dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring on September 18. Read more about the dedication here.

Temple Facts: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple was announced in the October 2008 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2011 by President Henry B. Eyring. The temple will be approximately 53,000 square feet and will be the first temple built in Pennsylvania. The open house was held August 10, 2016 through September 9, 2016. The temple was dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Draper Temple Repairs

Reparation Update: The Draper Utah Temple is undergoing some renovations and is only open on Fridays and Saturdays. Scaffolding is currently set up around the tower as workers fix some issues with the art glass windows.

Temple Facts: The Draper Utah Temple was announced in October of 2004, but was not dedicated until 2009. It was dedicated by Thomas S. Monson. The temple has approximately 58,300 square feet and was the 12th temple built in Utah. The Draper Utah Temple is currently having some minor repairs and maintenance.

Star Valley Temple Tours

Update: The Star Valley Wyoming Temple opened for tours on Friday, September 3 and will have tours through October 8. View a virtual tour below.

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.

Durban Temple Update

Construction Update: The site of the Durban South Africa Temple is being excavated.

Temple Facts: The Durban South Africa Temple was announced in October 2011 by President Thomas S. Monson in the 181st Semiannual General Conference. The temple is on a hillside property that looks out over the ocean, north of Durban. This will be the fifth temple built in Africa and the second temple built in South Africa. It is estimated to be completed in 2019.

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