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Salt Lake Temple reopening pushed back one year to 2025

Dec 13, 2021, 2:06 PM | Updated: 4:46 pm
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The process of removing and cataloging stone for repair and restoration from the eastern towers and walls of the temple is viewed from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, December 2021. Photo credit: 2021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say that ongoing construction and renovation will push the Salt Lake Temple reopening to 2025.

When the renovation project was initially announced, church officials said that construction would last through 2024.

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“The seismic strengthening of the Salt Lake Temple and the extensive remodel of the Temple and surrounding area are sacred and significant undertakings,” the First Presidency said in a statement.

“As the project has progressed, we have learned a great deal about the condition of the temple and its surroundings. The work is truly remarkable and is being guided by the First Presidency.

“Inspired modifications and additions to the project and scope have been made so the temple and Temple Square can serve many generations yet to come. It is anticipated that the temple and its surroundings will be completed in 2025.

Related: History and renovations of Salt Lake Temple and other temples

“We look forward to welcoming the world at that time to visit, tour and learn about this sacred temple and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

The Salt Lake Temple has been closed for renovation since December 2019.

 

 

The process of removing and cataloging stone for repair and restoration from the eastern towers and walls of the temple is viewed from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, December 2021. The Church Office Building plaza is prepared to display flags representing the nations of the world and Styrofoam blocks are used as spacers to reduce the weight of the soil on the repaired deck as part of the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, December 2021. Photo: Deseret News Progress of the demolition of the North Visitor’s Center on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, December 6, 2021. During the jack and bore seismic strengthening process, pipes are reinforced with steel and filled with structural concrete to act as supporting beams beneath the existing temple foundation, Salt Lake City, December 2021. Progress of the demolition of the North Visitor’s Center on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, December 1, 2021. Preparation of the steel mat for the concrete pour that will form the foundation of the new floors of the temple during the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, December 6, 2021. Workers lay a steel mat in preparation for the largest concrete pour of the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, December 1, 2021. Crews prepare a clean and level working surface before pouring new structural concrete over a period of about 8-10 hours during the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, December 1, 2021. One of two drills positioned on the roof of the Salt Lake Temple used to drill inside the tower and wall columns where post-tension cables are inserted and anchored into the foundation (80 feet or 24 meters below), Salt Lake City, December 2021. Crew members move large pipes through the seismic strengthening process of jack and bore under the existing footings of the Salt Lake Temple during the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, December 2021. A steel mat is laid in position to hold 1,800 cubic yards of concrete that will be poured during the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, December 1, 2021. Large pipes are inserted under the existing footings of the building (a process called jack and bore) and the dirt within the pipes is drilled out with a machine using the large green augers during the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, December 2021. The process of removing and cataloging stone for repair and restoration from the eastern towers and walls of the temple is viewed from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, December 2021. Photo credit:  2021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

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Salt Lake Temple reopening pushed back one year to 2025