Currently, all temples are closed. You knew that.
President Nelson announced 8 additional temples during April 2020’s General Conference. You probably knew that as well.
If you want to stay on top of temple updates that most people don’t hear about, make sure to follow this Twitter account.
Church of Jesus Christ Temples is not an official account, but it give great updates on the progress of different temples in the various stages from announcement, to groundbreaking, to construction, to the open house and dedication.
Here are 10 of the most recent temple updates that you might not have known about. If you happen to be reading this on a pc/mac, it might be easier if you pull the article up on mobile so you can see the tweets.
Spring weather at the #WashingtonDCTemple is producing a beautiful collage of colors across the parking lot and into the wooded grounds. Crews are currently resurfacing the parking. The recently laid sod between the two lots is now a healthy dark green.https://t.co/fbtAi1w6LY pic.twitter.com/VUgFPGhvsm
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 17, 2020
With six weeks remaining before the groundbreaking of the #Layton #Utah #Temple, activity is increasing at the temple site. The fence around the property has been removed, and heavy equipment is arriving including an excavator and a loader. #laytontemplehttps://t.co/iqhF3qvnZn pic.twitter.com/IasGy2Q9RQ
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 16, 2020
A conditional use permit was approved this evening for the #WashingtonCounty #Utah #Temple at a meeting of the St. George Planning Commission. The site plan shows the 96,000-square-foot temple surrounded by 600 parking spaces and beautiful landscaping.https://t.co/seCXQDaV1q pic.twitter.com/srkNK6qbXx
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 15, 2020
Watch an aerial time-lapse video of the construction of the #Quito #Ecuador #Temple and accommodation center, which has been underway for 11 months. The superstructures of these facilities are in place, and scaffolding surrounds the temple's tower walls.https://t.co/ouGWUZ72Ig pic.twitter.com/f5BHAKYaQw
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 13, 2020
A very small but sacred service was held yesterday morning to dedicate the #Richmond #Virginia #Temple site and to formally break ground on the project. Elder Randall K. Bennett, president of the North America Northeast Area, offered the site dedicatory prayer. #richmondtemple pic.twitter.com/G6JvGOADKR
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 12, 2020
A former farm in St. George, Utah, will soon be the site of the Washington County Utah Temple. For several days, heavy equipment has been clearing and grading the property. (Photo: Markel Massey) #washingtoncountytemple #washingtoncountyutahtemplehttps://t.co/seCXQDaV1q pic.twitter.com/hUDHf3hvvh
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 10, 2020
Scaffolding stretches across the rear side of the #Pocatello #Idaho #Temple where granite cladding is being attached. Work started on the north end and has wrapped around to the east side. Months of cladding work are ahead. #pocatelloidahotemplehttps://t.co/vjpJEkTtfC pic.twitter.com/ucVGtuvDiH
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 8, 2020
Plans for the #Orem #Utah #Temple are progressing through the approval process with the City of Orem. One necessary approval was granted today by the Planning Commission with a unanimous vote to approve rezoning of the property. #oremutahtemplehttps://t.co/FUUKAeX6XM pic.twitter.com/F0Mg95SSyk
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) April 2, 2020
The First Presidency has called the temple president and matron for three temples that are under construction including the #Winnipeg #Manitoba Temple, #Yigo #Guam Temple, and #SanJuan #PuertoRico Temple. #winnipegmanitobatemple #yigoguamtemple #sanjuanpuertoricotemple pic.twitter.com/ik1M5o1d7j
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) March 30, 2020
The beauty and symmetry of the 20-acre grounds surrounding the #Mesa #Arizona #Temple are on display in the latest video update, showing the progress being made on installation of ornamental fencing and other landscaping elements. #mesaarizonatemplehttps://t.co/xv3jNHHHHi pic.twitter.com/XjumJYQ80l
— cofjctemples (@cofjctemples) March 26, 2020
As Tad Walch of the Deseret News shared:
The fact the church plans to break ground and begin construction on 18 new temples this year arguably was the most overlooked newsmaking moment of the 190th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints earlier this month.
That is a remarkable number.
The church hasn’t come close to breaking ground on so many temples in any year since the turn of the century. To put it in perspective, this would be the second-biggest year for temple starts in church history. In fact, beginning construction on 18 news temples this year would be just one less than the combined total of temples started over the previous four years.
Only in 1999, during the surge of construction of smaller temples, did the church break ground on more of its holiest buildings.