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Renovation Announced for Hamilton New Zealand Temple

The First Presidency has announced that the Hamilton New Zealand Temple will close in July for an extensive renovation that includes seismology upgrades. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2021. A public open house will precede the rededication ceremony.

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Preparing for Next Steeple Pour at Lisbon Portugal Temple
Thursday, January 18, 2018
A stack of scaffolding has been set in place above the entrance to the Lisbon Portugal Temple as crews prepare to pour the mid-section walls of the steeple. Window openings have been framed and concrete forms set. A beautiful gold spire will eventually stand atop this section.

Construction Barrier Goes Up at Raleigh North Carolina Temple
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Since its closure last week, the Raleigh North Carolina Temple has already entered full construction mode with the erection of a temporary fence and the additions of trailers and heavy equipment. Some trees are being fenced off for protection while other vegetation is being cleared.

Russell M. Nelson Becomes 17th President of the Church
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
In a special broadcast originating from the Salt Lake Temple, the newly organized First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was announced with Russell M. Nelson as president, Dallin H. Oaks as first counselor, and Henry B. Eyring as second counselor.

Summer Break Concludes at Durban South Africa Temple
Monday, January 15, 2018
Construction crews have returned to the Durban South Africa Temple site following their annual summer break where work has resumed on attaching and waterproofing marine plywood decking to the temple and the missionary housing facility, providing protection from the high humidity.

OKC Temple
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Structural framing has begun for the OKC Temple tower.

Funeral Services for President Thomas S. Monson
Friday, January 12, 2018
Funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are being held today, January 12, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. MT, in the Conference Center on Temple Square. The proceedings will be transmitted live via the Internet.

Interior and Exterior Progress at the Rome Italy Temple
Thursday, January 11, 2018
With scaffolding removed from the north and south sides of the Rome Italy Temple, observers can catch a glimpse of the highly colorful art glass filling the window openings and new additions to the landscaping including rows of Italian cypress trees flanking either side of the building.

Additions to the ConcepciĆ³n Chile Temple Grounds
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Numerous plastic-wrapped lamp posts are dotting the grounds of the ConcepciĆ³n Chile Temple among newly planted and more established trees. Finish work progresses steadily on the interior, and area Saints look forward to the future raising of the angel Moroni atop the domed steeple.

Preparing to Pour Steeple Base at Rio de Janeiro Temple
Sunday, January 7, 2018
With the concrete exterior walls in place for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, the scaffolding around the building is coming down and rebar has been set for the stately tower that will rise over the entrance. The new temple will relieve demands on the Campinas Brazil Temple.

Last Day at the Raleigh North Carolina Temple
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Today is the last day of operation at the Raleigh North Carolina Temple before it closes for a major interior and exterior renovation project. Following the renovation, a public open house and rededication ceremony will be held.

First Pour Made for Lisbon Temple Steeple Base
Thursday, January 4, 2018
The first section of walls for the steeple base of the Lisbon Portugal Temple has been poured, and rebar has been set for the narrower section that will rise above it. The elegant structure will feature a window-filled middle section topped by a gold-leafed spire and angel Moroni statue.

Beloved Prophet, President Monson, Passes at Age 90
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away last night due to causes incident to age. President Monson served as president of the Church since February 2008. He was an example of one who followed Jesus Christ.

Enclosing the Arequipa Peru Temple
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Crews at the Arequipa Peru Temple are installing temporary windows to enclose the structure as work on the interior has commenced. The steel framework for the steeple is being assembled off site before it is delivered for installation.

New Year, New Steeple for Memphis Tennessee Temple
Monday, January 1, 2018
Structural steel framing has been erected for the new steeple of the Memphis Tennessee Temple. The redesigned tower will be bulkier and slightly taller than the former structure, allowing for the inclusion of art glass windows. Reconstruction of the temple will continue through 2018.

A Year for Renewal in Oklahoma City
Sunday, December 31, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close and a new year begins, the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple will also see a thorough renewal, inside and out.

Open House Tickets for Jordan River Temple Available in February
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Free tickets to tour the interior of the newly renovated Jordan River Utah Temple will be made available via an online reservation system beginning Monday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m. MT. The six-week open house runs from March 17 through April 28, 2018.

Landscaping Progress at the Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Friday, December 29, 2017
The grounds of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple have seen the recent addition of beautiful lamp posts, additional decorative fencing around the perimeter, and patches of sod and vegetation.

Hard Landscaping at the Kinshasa DRC Temple
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The grounds of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple are seeing the addition of hard elements including concrete planter boxes and curbing. The winding path of the driveway has been compacted.

Temple Milestones in 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017
During 2017, four temples were dedicated in Paris, France; Tucson, Arizona; Meridian, Idaho; and Cedar City, Utah; with a rededication in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Ground was broken for three temples in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Arequipa, Peru; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At General Conference in April, President Monson announced five temples.

"The temple was a place of learning for the Savior when He was on the earth; it was very much a part of His life. Temple blessings are available once again in our day."
—James E. Faust

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