Emily W. Jensen: Bloggernacle Back Bench: More temple construction updates

Published: Tuesday, July 12 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

Using the wonders of Internet searching, I uncovered even more temple construction updates from around the world.

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Fort Collins, Colo.: You may have heard that just this week, the “Site of the Fort Collins Temple (was) announced,” and this blogger is so excited. He describes, in detail, the location as well as speculates on the area this temple will serve. Plus, at a recent stake conference, “We were told the size of the temple would be in the range of a 'midsize temple,' meaning about 10,000 to 11,000 square feet. This probably means two or three endowment rooms and no cafeteria. ... The stake president asked us at stake conference to pray for quick approval of the new temple, and we have been doing that as a family.” Click to learn more.

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San Salvador, El Salvador: Missionaries describe attending the in-progress San Salvador Temple Open House. One missionary explained that “the El Salvador Temple is lovely and seems larger than the Panama Temple, though the ordinance rooms are no more spacious. They are running a lot more people through the open house than we did in Panama, though I think we may have got more comment cards filled out with more referrals, as we were more aggressive in inviting people to write something. Behind the recommend desk in the El Salvador Temple is a very lovely original painting of the Savior with one arm around a Lamanite child and the other around a Nephite child.” And this missionary includes a picture of the new temple, lit up at night.

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Manaus, Brazil: See a beautiful photo of the almost completed exterior of the “LDS Manaus Temple.”

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Kansas City, Mo.: Check out the church’s official site of the Kansas City Temple, which includes construction updates, temple details and neighborhood questions. Awesome.

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Philadelphia: You can get many angles of the location of the temple in this post of “Philadelphia Temple Site Photos.” Wow!

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Gilbert, Ariz.: The “Power lines (are) coming down,” and the temple walls are going up, as you can see from these recent photos.

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Laie, Hawaii: Relive the construction of the Laie Hawaii Temple from 1915–1916 with this fascinating, photograph-filled guest post on Keepapitchinin. Here’s a taste: “Building a temple in Hawaii presented some unique challenges. For one, because of the volcanic geology of the islands, limestone and granite (as had been used to build previous temples) was not available. The architects decided that the most effective substitute would be cast stone and cement.” Plus there is an absolutely miraculous story about a stranded ship that just happened to be filled with temple-building materials.

Finally, to conclude this temple-themed roundup, I found the wonderful new architectural blog “The Trumpet Stone” that deals with, you guessed it, temples! Learn about temple architectural details around the world. (For instance, the author's latest post insightfully explores those temples with detached spires.) And why is it called “The Trumpet Stone”? He explains, “I chose the name The Trumpet Stone based on a symbol on several temples. The Nauvoo and Salt Lake Temples both have what can be considered trumpet stones. In Nauvoo, they are a part of the sunstones above the actual sun. On the Salt Lake Temple they are on the east central tower, although in this case they are cloudstones with rays of light.” So if you find temple architectural fascinating, click in!

Now let’s find more magnificent posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

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