During the months of June and July, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced events or released locations and renderings for 16 of its temples worldwide.
In all, those temple announcements over the two months totaled one dedication, two rededications, three open houses, five groundbreakings, seven site locations and one exterior rending.
And one announced event — the groundbreaking of the Helena Montana Temple — actually occurred during that same two-month window.
Following are recaps of recent temple announcements made in June and July 2021.
Open houses and dedications/rededications
Pocatello Idaho Temple
On June 17, the First Presidency announced open house, youth devotional and dedication dates for the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
Dedication: President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will dedicate the temple in three sessions on Sunday, Nov. 7.
Open house: Saturday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 23, excluding Saturday, Oct. 2, (general conference) and all Sundays. Times for Mondays through Thursdays are from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; times for Fridays and Saturdays are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be done online at pocatellotemple.org.
Youth devotional: Saturday, Nov. 6.
Mesa Arizona Temple
On June 25, the First Presidency announced open house, youth devotional and temple rededication dates for the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Dedication: President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, will rededicate the temple in three sessions on Sunday, Dec. 12.
Open house: Saturday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 30, excluding all Sundays during the five-week event.
Youth devotional: Saturday, Dec. 11.
More details about the open house — including reservations — will be released later.
Washington D.C. Temple
On July 20, the First Presidency announced rescheduled open house, youth devotional and temple rededication dates for the Washington D.C. Temple. The originally planned reopening of the temple last year was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Open house: Thursday, April 28, 2022, through Saturday, June 4, 2022, except for Sundays.
Dedication: Sunday, June 19, 2022
Youth devotional: Saturday, June 18, 2022
More details about the open house — including reservations — and rededication will be released later. A website — dctemple.org — has been created for open house information.
Helena Montana Temple
On June 9, the First Presidency announced a June 26 groundbreaking date for the Helena Montana Temple, coming less than three months after the temple was first announced.
Elder Stanfill quoted President Nelson’s remarks from the April 2021 general conference, in which he announced 20 new temples would be built, including the Helena temple: “We are building now for the future! … We want to bring the house of the Lord even closer to our members, that they may have the sacred privilege of attending the temple as often as their circumstances allow.”
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
On July 14, the First Presidency announced a Saturday, Aug. 21, groundbreaking date for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple.
Elder Randall K. Bennett, a General Authority Seventy and president of the North America Northeast Area, will preside at the groundbreaking.
A single-story structure of about 32,000 square feet will be built on a 5.8-acre site located at 2093 Powell Road in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
Nairobi Kenya Temple
Also on July 14, the First Presidency announced a Saturday, Sept. 11, groundbreaking for the Nairobi Kenya Temple.
Elder Joseph W. Sitati — a General Authority Seventy, president of the Africa Central Area and Kenya native — will preside at the groundbreaking.
A site location has yet to be released for the temple.
Pago Pago American Samoa Temple
On July 27, the First Presidency announced a Saturday, Oct. 9, groundbreaking for the Pago Pago American Samoa Temple.
The event’s residing Church leader will be determined later, based on travel requirements related to COVID-19.
The single-story, 17,000-square-foot temple will be located on Ottoville Road on the site of the Pago Pago Samoa Central Stake Center in Tafuna, American Samoa.
Neiafu Tonga Temple
Also July 27, the First Presidency announced a Sept. 11 groundbreaking for the Neiafu Tonga Temple.
Elder ’Inoke F. Kupu, an Area Seventy, will preside at the event.
The single-story, 17,000-square-foot temple will be built on Tu’l Road at the site of the Church-owned Saineha High School in Neiafu, Vava’u, Tonga.
Lindon Utah Temple
Released on June 2, the release of an exterior rendering of the Lindon Utah Temple showed the exterior and planned design of a temple that had been announced just eight months previous.
President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Lindon in the October 2020 general conference — one of six temple locations identified at that time.
The site location and general dimensions for the Lindon temple were released in December 2020. The new exterior rendering shows plans for the three-story temple of approximately 81,000 square feet.
New site locations
On June 10, the First Presidency released site locations for three Western United States temples announced three months earlier — the Casper Wyoming, Elko Nevada and Smithfield Utah temples.
No exterior renderings were released nor groundbreaking dates set for any of three, with detailed design plans still being developed.
Casper Wyoming Temple
With plans calling for a single-story edifice of approximately 10,000 square feet, the Casper temple will be built on a 9.5-acre site at the intersection of Wyoming Boulevard and Eagle Drive.
Elko Nevada Temple
The Elko temple is slated for a 5.2-acre site adjacent to the southeast corner of Ruby View Golf Course, in the north part of the city. A single-story temple of roughly 10,000 square feet is being planned.
Smithfield Utah Temple
Projected as a three-story temple of approximately 81,000 square feet, the Smithfield temple is planned for to sit on a 13.3-acre site at the intersection of 800 West and 100 North.
Two weeks later, on June 23, the First Presidency released site locations for three additional Western United States temples announced at the same April 2021 general conference — the Burley Idaho, Farmington New Mexico and Grand Junction Colorado temples.
Again, no exterior renderings were released nor groundbreaking dates set for any of three.
Burley Idaho Temple
The Burley temple — a two-story edifice of approximately 38,600 square feet — will be built on a 10.1-acre site at 40 South and 150 East.
Farmington New Mexico Temple
Projected to be a single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet, the Farmington temple will be built on a 6.62-acre site at the intersection of College Boulevard and Windsor Drive. A meetinghouse also is planned to be built on the site.
Grand Junction Colorado Temple
Located on Colorado’s Western Slope, the Grand Junction temple will sit on a 6.94-acre site at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street.
Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet.
Yorba Linda California Temple
On July 15, a site location was announced for the Yorba Linda California Temple, which was one of 20 temple locations announced by President Russell M. Nelson in April 2021 general conference.
The single-story edifice of approximately 30,000 square feet, will be built on a 5.4-acre site at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Osmond Street in Yorba Linda, a suburban city in California’s northeastern Orange County, some 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
An exterior rendering hasn’t been released, nor has a groundbreaking date been announced.