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Temple News & Updates – Week of September 4

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Here at, 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 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)

Freiberg Temple Rededicated

Update: The Freiberg Germany Temple was rededicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf last week. View more information about the rededication here.

Temple Facts: The Freiberg Germany Temple was announced in October 1982. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April 1983 by Thomas S. Monson and was dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley in June of 1985. It has one ordinance room and two sealing rooms. It was rededicated on September 4, 2016.

Tucson Temple Update

Construction Update: A new time-lapse video of the Tucson Arizona Temple can be seen below. It shows the year’s construction in two minutes.

Temple Facts: The Tucson Arizona Temple was announced in the October 2012 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2015 by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. The temple will be approximately 34,000 square feet, and will serve members from ten stakes. The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple in Arizona. Estimated completion is late 2017.

Paris Temple Update

Construction Update: The Paris France Temple landscaping has progressed. Planter boxes are being filled with flowers as lamp posts are installed.

Temple Facts: The Paris France Temple was announced in the October 2011 session of General Conference by President Thomas S. Monson. The groundbreaking ceremony was not held, making this temple one of two that did not have a traditional groundbreaking ceremony. Temple grounds will include a housing facility, temple president residence, underground parking, and landscaped grounds open to the public. It is estimated to be completed in mid-2017.

Johannesburg Temple Update

Update: The Johannesburg South Africa Temple reopened after being closed for the month of August. Minor renovations included new draperies, plumbing, and showers. The patron housing now has new cupboards, laundry, extra showers, and bathrooms.

Temple Facts: The Johannesburg South Africa Temple was announced in April of 1981. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 27, 1982 by Marvin J. Ashton. The temple is approximately 19,184 square feet and has four ordinance rooms and three sealing rooms. The Johannesburg South Africa was the first temple built in Africa. The dedication of this temple brought an LDS temple to every habitable continent.

Philadelphia Temple Update

Open House Update: The Philadelphia Pennsylvania open house ended on September 9. The cultural celebration will be held on September 17, followed by the dedication on September 18.

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 is scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

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Lauren Kutschke
Lauren Kutschke
Lauren is studying Journalism at Brigham Young University and considers the East Coast home. She has a passion for writing, photography, skiing, hiking, and traveling. She enjoys studying German and is married to her best friend.

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