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Cedar City Utah Temple Opens for Public Tours

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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

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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.

The Meridian Idaho Temple in LEGO Blocks
Saturday, October 21, 2017
After 80 hours of design and 20 hours of building time, software engineer Ryan Thompson created a scale model of the Meridian Idaho Temple using 5,500 LEGO blocks. The open house begins today.

Boston Massachusetts Temple Now on Hinckley Way
Friday, October 20, 2017
The Frontage Road address for the Boston Temple has created confusion for out-of-town patrons who are guided by GPS to South Boston instead of Belmont. To rectify the situation, Belmont civic leaders have agreed to rename the road Hinckley Way.

Palm Trees Still Standing after Massive Storm in Durban
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Last week's devastating storm in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal was declared a provincial disaster. The storm ravaged the area for hours pelting more than 95mm of rain and producing winds up to 70km per hour. At the Durban South Africa Temple, the palm trees still stand.

Steeple Progress, Apostle Visit at Kinshasa DRC Temple
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
During a 10-day tour of the Africa Southeast Area, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at a young single adult fireside at the stake center next to the Kinshasa DRC Temple where more than 1,400 were in attendance. Cladding of the temple steeple continues.

Open House Tents Going Up at Cedar City Temple
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
With public tours of the Cedar City Utah Temple just 10 days away, open house organizers have been busy erecting tents on the grounds, which will protect visitors from the elements. Free reservations for the event are available online.

Public Open House Begins Saturday for Meridian Temple
Monday, October 16, 2017
Idaho's fifth temple, the Meridian Idaho Temple, opens to the general public this Saturday, October 21 through Saturday, November 11, 2017, for walking tours of the interior. Free reservations are available online at

Concepción Temple Lighting
Sunday, October 15, 2017
The fully lit exterior of the Concepción Chile Temple is seen in this photograph, marking additional progress made by the system installers.

Landscaping Progress at the Rome Italy Temple
Saturday, October 14, 2017
The grounds around the Rome Italy Temple are taking shape as crews lay irrigation lines for the garden areas and fence posts are dropped around the perimeter. Beautiful palm trees were planted several weeks ago at each corner of the temple, and art glass installation continues.

Cladding the Steeple of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Scaffolding has appeared around the steeple framework for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple as laborers clad the structure in stone. The steeple will be colored white and topped with a finial to serve as the focal point for the building. The temple shares land with an operating stake center and institute and seminary building.

Drywall Installation Begins at Durban South Africa Temple
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
With the Durban South Africa Temple now enclosed, crews have begun hanging drywall as installation continues on plumbing, HVAC, and fire suppression systems. Work has started on a roof and retaining wall at the housing facility while brick laying, plastering, wood working, and utility installation progress.

Preparing for Steeple Base of Arequipa Peru Temple
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
At the Arequipa Peru Temple, crews are installing a vapor barrier along the foundation walls and preparing to pour the walls for the base of the steeple. The contractor for the temple is also overseeing construction of the similarly designed Concepción Chile Temple.

Nighttime Photography Posted for Cedar City Utah Temple
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Take a virtual evening flight around the recently completed Cedar City Utah Temple. The integrated floodlighting system bathes the temple in white light, symbolic of its sacred purpose. The temple opens for public tours on Friday, October 27, and continues for three weeks.

Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple to Close
Friday, October 6, 2017
On Sunday, October 15, the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple will close for over a year for major renovation. It is expected that the exterior appearance of the building will be changed. Watch a video presentation of photographs honoring the temple.

Meridian Idaho Temple Website
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A new website has been created with information on the opening events for the Meridian Idaho Temple. VIP/Media tours begin in just two weeks.

Shingling Begins at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Following a rainy season at the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, a felt underlayment has been attached to the roof, and shingles are being laid. Crews are preparing to clad the steeple.

Reserve Your Spot to Tour the Cedar City Utah Temple
Monday, October 2, 2017
Tickets for the public open house of the Cedar City Utah Temple are available today beginning at 10:00 a.m. MT through the Church's online reservation system. Tickets are required but free to reserve. The open house begins Friday, October 27, and continues through Saturday, November 18, 2017. Get more information.

Watch the 187th Semiannual General Conference
Saturday, September 30, 2017
All members of the Church are invited to participate in the 187th Semiannual General Conference of the Church. The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelves, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.

20th Operating Temple of the Church to Be Rededicated in the Spring
Friday, September 29, 2017
The next temple to be rededicated will be the Jordan River Utah Temple, which was dedicated in 1981 as the 20th operating temple of the Church. At the unconventional groundbreaking ceremony for the temple, President Spencer W. Kimball delivered his address, offered the site dedicatory prayer, and then mounted a huge Caterpillar tractor. He put into action his admonishment to "lengthen our stride" by operating the equipment to move a giant shovelful of dirt.

Preparing for Roof Slab at Arequipa Peru Temple
Friday, September 29, 2017
Walls are completed for the second floor of the Arequipa Peru Temple with crews now preparing for the roof slab, parapet walls, and tower walls. The construction company, which has experience building other temples, is making steady progress.

Main Floor Walls Rising for Lisbon Portugal Temple
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Construction activity at the Lisbon Portugal Temple is now visible above the construction fence that borders Avenida Dom João II, as crews pour the concrete exterior walls for the main floor. The adjoining meetinghouse is surrounded with scaffolding as work continues on cladding the building.

Insulating the Missionary Housing in Durban
Thursday, September 28, 2017
The two-story missionary housing facility at the Durban South Africa Temple site is receiving a spray-on application of polyurethane insulation while another concrete pour was made for the baptismal font in the temple. Work continues on backfilling the temple foundation.

Full Steeple Framework Reattached to Kinshasa Temple
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
After making a few adjustments, the steel framing for the spire of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple has been reattached to the steeple base, much to the delight of the crew who have taken great pride in the temple's high quality of construction.

Installing Art Glass at the Rome Italy Temple
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Construction of the Rome Italy Temple is making encouraging strides following some delays that were experienced earlier this year. Installation continues on 800 panes of art glass while palm trees and other plants are added to the grounds. Scaffolding is being removed from the east tower.

Floodlighting Illuminates Concepción Temple Tower
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Exterior floodlighting at the Concepción Chile Temple lit the building's distinguished tower on Sunday night. The angel Moroni statue is on site awaiting installation. Exterior cladding has been completed on the west side of the temple, leaving just the east central wall to be covered in stone.

Reserve Your Walking Tour of the Meridian Idaho Temple
Monday, September 25, 2017
Tickets for the public open house of the Meridian Idaho Temple are available today beginning at 10:00 a.m. MT through an online reservation system. Tickets are free but required. The open house begins October 21 and continues through November 11, 2017.

"I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life as you bless those who have died."
—Ezra Taft Benson

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