Breaking down temple construction phases

The angel Moroni is placed on top of the Payson temple Thursday. The Payson temple is one of 15 temples under construction.

The Angel Moroni statue is placed on top of the Payson Temple Thursday. The Payson Temple is one of 15 temples under construction. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

The Payson Temple received its Angel Moroni statue on Thursday and remains one of 15 temples that are currently under construction. The Payson Temple construction is expected to be completed in 2015.

Right now, there are 141 temples in operation around the world, and 29 more will be completed in the coming years, with 15 under construction and 14 that have been announced.

Here’s a breakdown of the temples that have been announced over the past several years.

Under construction

Provo City Center: Announced in October 2011. The groundbreaking took place on May 12, 2012 and construction completion is anticipated in 2015.

Fort Collins, Colo.: Announced in April 2011. The groundbreaking took place on Aug. 26, 2013 and construction is expected to be complete by 2016.

Gilbert, Ariz.: Final touches are being added, and completion is anticipated for 2014.

Phoenix, Ariz.: Announced April 2008. The groundbreaking took place on June 4, 2011. Completion is anticipated for 2014.

Other temples under construction include Cordoba, Argentina; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fortaleza Brazil; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Rome; Sapporo, Japan; Tijuana Mexico; and Trujilo, Peru. The Ogden Temple is also undergoing renovations and will be closed until its anticipated completion in 2014.

Announced, awaiting construction

The following temples in the Western states have been announced, and are in the various stages leading up to construction. They include Cedar City; Meridian, Idaho; Star Valley, Wyo.; and Tucson, Ariz.

Additional announced temples include Arequipa, Peru; Barranquilla, Colombia; Concepcion, Chile; Durban South Africa; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Lisbon, Portugal; Paris; Rio de Janeiro; Urdaneta, Philippines; and Winnipeg.


Alisha swapped plains for peaks when she moved to Utah from her Kansas hometown. After graduating from BYU and traveling around China with her husband, Shane, they put down roots in Utah Valley, where Alisha first fell in love with yoga, learned to ski and discovered fry sauce. Alisha is an associate editor, writing for Utah Valley Magazine and Follow her on Twitter @alishagallag.


  1. downtown dave Reply

    John 4:21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

    It doesn’t matter how many temples go up, what matters is worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth.

    1. laverl09 Reply

      2+2=4 is a true math fact and with only the binary system of 0 and 1 we have done wonders with the computer. Yet if we ignore all the rest of the math facts and systems, we are leaving out more than a little. Just this last year physicists were able to take a picture of the “God Particle” that they put into a math formula in 1960 (the Nobel Prize just awarded in Physics addresses this new discovery).
      Mormons are criticized for adding to the Bible because of Revelations 22:18, but no one ever points out that in the next verse (19) it talks of the consequences of “taking away” from the Book. These verses are really only referring to the Book of Revelations, but if we use it to refer to the whole Bible, then we need to apply it both ways.
      In Ephesians 2:20 Paul tells us that the Church is to built upon the foundation of Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.
      In I Corinthians 15 Paul gives a sermon on resurrection and uses the Church’s baptism for the dead (vs 29) as proof that they had hope in a resurrection.
      In that same chapter 15 Paul goes on to say that the resurrection gives us different bodies of glory (vs 39-42) and says they differ in brilliance as do the Sun the Moon and the Stars. He even names two of the categories as Celestial and Terrestrial.

      Not only do the Mormons not leave anything out of the early Christian teachings from the Bible, but they also have continuing revelation to lead us into a higher math. In addition to believing in and worshiping Christ, it is required that one be baptized by immersion administered by one having authority to gain admission into the Celestial Kingdom and that is why baptisms for the dead (if they want to accept it) are done in the temple. The temple is also dedicated to administering the ordinances necessary to attain the higher degrees of the Celestial Kingdom.

      If you want to hang on to the binary system and not go any further you can do wonderful things in the Terrestrial Kingdom which is reserved for those who believe in and worship Christ with all their hearts. In that state you can be with and serve Christ forever. I just happen to prefer the higher math where I can not only be with Christ, but also with His Father.and learn to do what He does.
      Temples may be expensive and cumbersome, but so is the tuition required and the learning required and the application required to be able to find the “God Particle”.

      1. downtown dave Reply

        There are many who would claim to be Apostles and Prophets sent by God, but that doesn’t mean they are. They Scriptures (the Bible) is the standard that God has given to us by which we can grade everything we read and hear. If what someone says contradicts what the Scriptures (the Bible) says, it’s the Bible that is always right.

        Mormonism teaches that it has received the fullness of the Gospel, though the Apostles who wrote in the Bible have already given us the fullness of the Gospel. Paul says that if anyone (including him or even an angel) preaches any other gospel than the one that he preached, that that person would be eternally condemned. This Gospel that Paul preached that saves a person from judgement is purely by the grace of God. Mormons add to this (and I will supply the links if you are not aware of these additions) that a person must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, they must belong to the Mormon church, and that having only received a one way ticket here they must make and obey covenants and obey the commandments in order to work their way back to heaven. That is a gospel of works, when Paul repeatedly says in Romans that no one will be justified in God’s sight by observing the law.

        Concerning the baptism of the dead, it is only mentioned in a couple of obscure verses in Scripture. The writer neither gives his approval or disapproval to this practice–only that it was going on. But think of the thief on the cross who asked Jesus to remember when He came into His kingdom. The thief knew Jesus wasn’t dying for His own sin, and by asking Jesus to remember him, we see that the thief knew Jesus would rise from the dead and could also raise him from the dead. Jesus told the thief that that day he would be in Paradise with Jesus. Now, the thief didn’t have time to be baptized, and since he would be with Jesus that day in Paradise, no one else had time to be baptized for him either. Therefore it was his belief that saved him from judgement. It wasn’t his baptism nor was it anyone being baptized for him.

        1. laverl09 Reply

          I agree with you that the unbaptized thief could be with Jesus in the after life. If you had read my previous post more carefully, you would see why. Worshiping Jesus gives us His saving grace and lets us spend eternity with Him as His servants, but entrance into the Kingdom of the Father requires the ordinance of baptism (John 3:3-5).
          There is more to the Gospel than only what Paul teaches, but you ignore even Paul’s teachings that there will be three Heavens with glory separating them as distinctly as the glory of the sun, the moon and the stars. Intensely believing in Jesus gets us the grace that allows us admittance into the middle Terrestrial Heaven.
          To attain the Celestial Kingdom or highest Heaven, we not only have to allow the Lord’s grace to purify us from our sins, but we also have to allow Him to sanctify our body and soul from even the desire to commit sin. This sanctification is a process that comes only after receiving the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Thus the baptism of the “Spirit” that Jesus said is necessary to enter the Kingdom of God.(John 3:3-5). And Peter adds in Acts 2:36-38 that after the baptism which is for the “remission of sins”, we are to receive the Holy Ghost.
          Like I said, there is more to the Gospel of grace than is contained in the Pauline letters. If we believe the Bible to be the word of God, then we need to use it ALL or we will cut ourselves short.

          1. downtown dave

            There is this push to make people believe that Mormons are Christians, too. But there are many differences. But first I’ll start with Joseph Smith. He said that God told him that the creeds in his day were an abomination to Him and that the gospel had been lost from the earth. By Joseph saying this, he was able, in the eyes of some, to marginalize the Scriptures that God has given to us, and by doing that, he was able to introduce teachings that aren’t in addition to God’s Word, but that are contrary to God’s Word, You might say that some of the early Mormon teachings were later disposed of because the early Mormon church fathers were not infallible. But they claim to be Apostles and Prophets. God never in Scripture gives prophets room for error.

            Orson Pratt wrote a book called, “The Seer,” which later was disposed of by Bringham Young. In this book Orson tells that in order to enter into the Celestial Kingdom a man has to be a polygamist. (He also says that God the Father has many wives and that Jesus has wives). Later the polygamy requirement was said to have been wrong, but that doesn’t explain Joseph Smith having 30+ wives (some of which were currently married).

            Mormons teach that God the Father has a wife know as God the Mother (this is unscriptural) and that Jesus, Lucifer, and the rest of us are actual offspring of these two by their having relations (this is also unscriptural).

            Mormons teach that Jesus and Lucifer had a contest as to which one of them would come and save us, Jesus won, and Lucifer rebelled as a result.

            Mormons teach that God was once a man like us, was a sinner, and had to be saved by His own God (though God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He doesn’t change).

            Mormons teach that we can one day become a God like Him (though God shares His glory with no one).

            Mormons teach that God gave us a one way ticket to this earth and that we must earn our way back by obedience to the law, when Paul clearly states in the book of Romans that salvation comes by grace apart from observing the law.

            Mormons teach that salvation comes from grace and works. The following link leads to the Mormon “Aaronic Priesthood Manual, Lesson 30: The Plan of Salvation,… of which this is a part:
            Scripture and discussion
            Have the young men read again Abraham 3:25.

            •According to this scripture, why is earth life so important? (We are being tested to see if we will obey the Lord’s commandments.)

            •If we obey the commandments, what will happen?

            Emphasize that this is the way we obtain our return ticket home to our Heavenly Father.

            Mormon teachings are contrary to Scripture.

  2. Rufio1070 Reply

    The New Testament is quite clear of Christ’s role in establishing an organization so that we wouldn’t be “tossed too and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine.” As an LDS member the restoration of temples to the earth is a powerful reminder that Christ will soon return. His role is central to our faith, our doctrine, and our families.

    There are many who don’t share our faith, but if you celebrate any faith at all, join with us in protecting our right to religious freedom. The degradation of religion’s role in our country is becoming more and more visible. We need a stronger focus on the institution of the family and it’s role in a child’s development and success in life–ultimately, society at large. Yes, there are doctrinal differences, but it is foolish for any of us to think we can keep our right to religious freedom without friends of other faiths.

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