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Open House Tours Conclude for Cedar City Utah Temple

The final tours for the public open house of the Cedar City Utah Temple were held today. The youth cultural celebration will be held in three weeks at Centrum Arena, featuring thousands of area youth. The temple dedication will follow the next day on Sunday, December 10.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Entrance Canopy Removed from Oklahoma City Temple
Friday, November 17, 2017
Subcontractors at the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple are working hard during the demolition phase of the temple renovation. The entrance canopy and doors have been removed along with the art glass windows. The exterior cladding is coming down one piece at a time.

Rebar Rising for Upper Façade of Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Thursday, November 16, 2017
A straight row of rebar stands atop the front wall of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple as workers prepare to pour the upper central façade wall for the building. This upper structure will support the temple's two-tiered steeple, topped with a tapering spire and gold-leafed angel Moroni statue.

Moroni Flies in Barranquilla
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The beloved angel Moroni statue was lifted into place atop the Barranquilla Colombia Temple today, marking the completion of exterior stonework.

Retaining Walls, Panels at the Durban South Africa Temple
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Beneath the advancing roof work at the Durban South Africa Temple, crews have backfilled the building nearly to ground level and set tilt-up machinery in place for installing wall panels. Entrance walls and a retaining wall behind the missionary housing facility are under construction.

Advancements Made at the Concepción Chile Temple
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Freshly planted trees and shrubs and newly installed lamp posts and bollards are among the recent additions to the grounds of the Concepción Chile Temple. Stone cladding around the east entrance to the building is nearing completion and window glazing bars have appeared in the steeple.

Marble Gone in Memphis
Monday, November 13, 2017
The final pieces of exterior marble were removed from the Memphis Tennessee Temple last week.

Public Open House Concludes for the Meridian Idaho Temple
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Today marks the final day for the public open house of the Meridian Idaho Temple. The cultural celebration will be held in one week at Boise's Taco Bell Arena, featuring 6,000 youth including an 1000-voice choir. The temple dedication will follow the next day on Sunday, November 19.

More Walls Poured for Lisbon Portugal Temple
Friday, November 10, 2017
Concrete forms have filled in the upper rear side of the Lisbon Portugal Temple as crews continue to pour the reinforced concrete exterior walls of the building. The temple will be the second on the Iberian Peninsula, joining the Madrid Spain Temple, dedicated in 1999.

Meetinghouse Trusses Going Up at Fortaleza Brazil Temple
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Since footings were poured for the meetinghouse at the Fortaleza Brazil Temple in March, structural framing for the building is already nearing completion as crews set trusses for the roof. At the temple, windows openings are being covered, and the vapor barrier is being attached.

More Scaffolding Removed from Rome Italy Temple
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Seeing the towers of the Rome Italy Temple without scaffolding has been a rare sight since steel framing was first erected in 2013. After a contractor change, the scaffolding was briefly removed and new scaffolds were erected in late 2015. That scaffolding has finally come down.

Attaching Roof Decking to Durban South Africa Temple
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
With roof trusses in place atop the Durban South Africa Temple, construction workers have begun attaching the decking. The sloped construction of the roof will efficiently shed the South African rain while providing an attractive aesthetic to the building. The temple is the country's second.

Palm Trees Planted at Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Monday, November 6, 2017
Two rows of stately palm trees stand in front the Barranquilla Colombia Temple where crews are cladding the tower and installing the ornamental cornice along the roof line.

Exterior Walls Completed for Arequipa Peru Temple
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Construction of the Arequipa Peru Temple continues to make steady, unobstructed progress. The concrete exterior walls of the building have been finished, and the large tower crane that has conspicuously marked the site has been removed. A beautiful domed cupola will stand atop the temple.

Marble Cladding Coming Down at Oklahoma City Temple
Saturday, November 4, 2017
As the renovation of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple progresses, pieces of marble cladding are coming off the exterior of the building while crews remove the retaining walls around the grounds. The temple closed three weeks ago and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Five Weeks into Memphis Tennessee Temple Renovation
Friday, November 3, 2017
Significant progress has been made on dismantling the interior and exterior of the Memphis Tennessee Temple since its closure five weeks ago. Area missionaries were given the service opportunity of disassembling delicate items like the Celestial Room chandelier.

Landscaping Shaping Up at Concepción Chile Temple
Thursday, November 2, 2017
An aerial view of the Concepción Chile Temple grounds shows the progress being made on the entrance water feature and the semi-circular walkways flanking either side of the building. A temporary 2D Moroni stands atop the tower.

Upper Walls Going Up for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Rising high above a major thoroughfare in Rio's Barra de Tijuca neighborhood, the growing exterior walls of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple are visible through the extensive system of scaffolds that surround the structure. Crews are setting rebar and pouring concrete for the upper walls.

Plastering Steeple and Entry at Kinshasa DRC Temple
Monday, October 30, 2017
Progress continues on the covered entry and steeple of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple where workers have attached a wire mesh and begun the work of plastering. The temple will be painted white, setting is apart from the adjoining earth-toned meetinghouse.

Port-au-Prince Groundbreaking
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Elder Walter F. González of the Seventy and President of the Caribbean Area presided today over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

Angel Moroni Removed from Spire of Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
Friday, October 27, 2017
With renovation underway for the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, the beloved angel Moroni statue has been carefully lifted off the spire and stored for refurbishment. The temple will undergo a complete interior and exterior renovation that will give the building an updated exterior appearance and modify the existing floor plan to be more efficient. The temple was originally dedicated over 17 years ago by President James E. Faust.

Crews Pouring Upper Walls of Lisbon Portugal Temple
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The first wall section has been poured for the upper level of the Lisbon Portugal Temple. And with the help of sturdy cranes, laborers have set several more concrete forms in place for upcoming pours. The utility building foundation has been backfilled, leaving a small superstructure.

Closure Announced for Houston Texas Temple
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The First Presidency has announced a short-term closure of the Houston Texas Temple, which has not been in use since Hurricane Harvey. The temple will be rededicated in a private service next year with no open house or cultural celebration.

Roof Trusses Rise at the Durban South Africa Temple
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
With the help of heavy equipment, crews at the Durban South Africa Temple are hoisting large steel girders atop the concrete exterior walls of the edifice to form the trusses for the pitched roof. Trenches have been excavated for walls that will stand on either side of the entrance.

Angel Moroni Makes His Landing Atop Bountiful Temple
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Following months of renovation to the spire of the Bountiful Utah Temple, the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue has returned to his place atop the sacred structure. The renovation helped to correct an airflow problem. View a photograph series of the installation of the spire and Moroni.

Cedar City Utah Temple Opens for Public Tours
Monday, October 23, 2017
The general public is invited to tour the new Cedar City Utah Temple beginning this Friday, October 27, through Saturday, November 18. Make a free reservation.

Cladding the Barranquilla Colombia Temple Tower
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Boom lifts and swinging stages surround the tower of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple as workers fasten stone cladding to the tower's base exterior walls. At the adjoining housing facility, shingling of the roof is completed in Spanish Colonial red. The temple is Colombia's second.

"What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? …And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
—Revelation 7:13–14

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