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Watch the press conference for Salt Lake Temple renovation plans here

A model of the Salt Lake Temple on Temple Square on Friday, April 19, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred
Temple Square and downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Credit: Steve Griffin, Deseret News, Deseret News
Temple Square and downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Credit: Steve Griffin, Deseret News, Deseret News
Visitors walk as flowers adorn the grounds of The Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019. Church officials announced renovations and changes to it and the grounds. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Flowers adorn the grounds of The Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019. Church officials announced renovations and changes to it and the grounds. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, Deseret News
A rendering of the Salt Lake Temple’s base isolation system.
Rendering view of the east block of Temple Square
Rendering of the entry into the temple, the recommend desk and skylight. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Rendering of the north side entry into Temple Square.
Rendering of the north side entry into Temple Square.
Rendering view inside the north gate of Temple Square showing the top of the skylight over the recommend desk entry.
A rendering of the temple’s base isolation phase.
Rendering of Temple Square after its renovation.
Rendering of the Salt Lake Temple’s south side. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Rendering of the Salt Lake Temple’s south side at street level. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019 about renovations to the Salt Lake Temple and grounds. Jeffrey D. Allred
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, walk through the South visitors' center prior to a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shakes hands with dignitaries prior to speaking during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019 about renovations to the Salt Lake Temple and grounds. Jeffrey D. Allred
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019 about renovations to the Salt Lake Temple and grounds. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, Deseret News

President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for renovating the Salt Lake Temple and its adjoining properties on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. during a press conference on Temple Square.

The Salt Lake Temple will close Dec. 29 and remain closed for approximately four years, President Nelson said.

“We promise you that you will love the results,” he stated. “They will emphasize and highlight the life, ministry and mission of Jesus Christ in His desire to bless every nation, kindred, tongue and people.”

President Nelson stated during the April 2019 general conference Sunday afternoon session that temples, both old and new, present opportunities for us to recommit to Christ.

“May we renovate our lives through our faith and trust in Him,” he said. “May we access the power of His Atonement by our repentance each day. And may we dedicate and rededicate our lives to serving God and His children — on both sides of the veil.”

President Nelson details plans for Salt Lake Temple during its 4-year closure for renovation

Plans to renovate the Manti Utah Temple and the Logan Utah Temple will be announced at a future date. A closure date for the St. George Utah Temple has already been set, with renovation plans for that building to come later. Watch the press conference and see the Twitter thread regarding the Salt Lake Temple renovations and other Temple Square changes below.

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