Four Temples to Close in Fall 2017 for Extensive Renovation

  • 11 April 2017

The Tokyo Japan (far left), Oklahoma City Oklahoma (bottom), and Memphis Tennessee Temples (top middle) will close in October 2017, and the Asunción Paraguay Temple (top right) will close in November 2017.

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  • The Tokyo Japan, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Memphis Tennessee, and Asunción Paraguay Temples will close in fall 2017 for renovation.

The First Presidency announced April 11 that four temples will close this fall for extensive renovation.

The Tokyo Japan, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, and Memphis Tennessee Temples will close in October 2017, and the Asunción Paraguay Temple will close in November 2017. Renovations help maintain functionality, efficiency, and beauty. Each temple will receive mechanical upgrades along with updates in finishes and furnishings.

Renovations are expected to be completed in 2020 for the Tokyo Japan Temple and 2019 for the other three temples. Once the temples are complete, public open houses and rededication services will be announced. While the temples are closed, Latter-day Saints will be able to attend neighboring temples.

The Tokyo Temple was dedicated October 27–29, 1980, by President Spencer W. Kimball. The Memphis Temple was dedicated on April 23, 2000, by President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. The Oklahoma City Temple was dedicated on July 30, 2000, also by President Faust, and the Asunción Temple was dedicated May 19, 2002, by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

At present, there are 155 temples in operation across the globe. Three other temples are under renovation, and 21 are announced or under construction.

New temples are scheduled for dedication this year in Paris, France; Tucson, Arizona; Meridian, Idaho; and Cedar City, Utah. The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple will be rededicated in June.

Tokyo Japan Temple.

Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple.

Memphis Tennessee Temple.

Asunción Paraguay Temple.