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.
Paris Temple Update
Construction Update: The Paris France Temple is close to the completion of its exterior work. Construction is still underway on the visitors’ center wing.
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 late 2016 or early 2017.
Hartford Temple Update
Construction Update: The granite exterior for the Hartford Connecticut Temple is still underway. Sprinklers are to be installed and new trees were planted. Marble counter-tops are being installed and workers are painting the interior.
Temple Facts: The Hartford Connecticut Temple was announced in the October 2010 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2013 by President Thomas S. Monson. The temple will be approximately 25,000 square feet, will serve members in New York and New England areas. The Hartford Connecticut Temple will be the second temple in New England, following the Boston Massachusetts temple. The dedication will be held on November 20, 2016.
Philadelphia Temple Update
Construction Update: The plot of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is now adorned with beautiful red trees. This is part of the landscaping progress that is taking place.
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 is planned for August 10, 2016 through September 9, 2016. The temple is scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
Angel Moroni Statue Placed on Star Valley Temple
Construction Update: The Angel Moroni Statue was placed on the Star Valley Wyoming Temple Monday, April 25. A small crowd was present. More information can be found in this article. The video below was created by the Star Valley Independent.
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.
Fort Collins Temple Update
Construction Update: The Fort Collins Colorado Temple is making progress. Lamp posts have been installed and the flooring and art glass is on its way. Photos of the temple were taken at sunset.
Temple Facts: The Fort Collins Colorado Temple was announced in the April 2011 session of General Conference. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2013 by Elder Ronald A Rasband. The temple will be approximately 30,389 square feet, will serve members in Northern Colorado, southern Wyoming, and western Nebraska. The Fort Collins Colorado Temple will be the second temple in the state of Colorado. Its dedication is planned for the 16 of October this year with a public open house from August 19 to September 10.
Idaho Falls Temple Renovation Update
Construction Update: The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple is currently undergoing a renovation. Reroofing is taking place right now.
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 late 2016 to early 2017.