Temples News & Updates | Week of 16 August 2020

Thanks to members of the church worldwide and ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org for providing these updates. Please Note: It is possible that progress has been made on temples not included in this article that we have not been made aware of.  If you have updates (including pictures or video) about a temple near you, feel free to send it to calledtoshare (at) ldsdaily.com.

Rendering and Location Announced for the Pago Pago American Samoa Temple

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A grassy field next to the Pago Pago Samoa Central Stake Center will be the location of the Pago Pago American Samoa Temple, announced by President Russell M. Nelson in the April 2019 General Conference. The single-level temple will be nearly 17,000 square feet and will share a site with housing for the temple president and matron and for temple missionaries. A distribution center will also be included in the project.

Details Released for the Neiafu Tonga Temple

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The official rendering has been released for the Neiafu Tonga Temple—the second temple to be constructed in the Tongan Islands. The 17,000-square-foot, single-level temple will be constructed on Tu’i Road on the site of Church-owned Saineha High School. Housing for the temple president and matron and for temple missionaries will be constructed on site in addition to a distribution center. No school buildings will be impacted by the project.

Elder Holland to Break Ground on the Red Cliffs Utah Temple

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The First Presidency has announced that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and native of St. George, Utah, will preside at the November groundbreaking for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, located in St. George northeast of the intersection of 3000 East and 1580 South. The three-story, 90,000-square-foot house of worship will stand on a 14-acre plot of former agricultural land.

October Groundbreaking Announced for the Taylorsville Utah Temple

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The official rendering and groundbreaking announcement for the Taylorsville Utah Temple were released today. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the groundbreaking service to be held in October 2020. The three-story, 70-000-square-foot temple was designed to reflect the pioneer heritage of the area, giving it a historic look similar to the Provo City Center Temple. The temple will be constructed on a 7.5-acre site located at 2603 West 4700 South in Taylorsville, Utah.

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