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Star Valley Wyoming Temple

News Archives

Following is a collection of news items that have appeared on the News page for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. To share your latest news for the temple, please send an e-mail.

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News Archives

September 20, 2016

Star Valley Wyoming Temple Opens for Tours on Friday
The public is invited to tour the Star Valley Wyoming Temple at an open house beginning Friday, September 23 and continuing through Saturday, October 8, 2016, excluding Sundays. Preview the temple interior by taking a virtual tour.

September 15, 2016

Preparing for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple Open House
White tents are going up on the grounds of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple as preparations are made for welcoming guests to the public open house from Friday, September 23, through Saturday, October 8, 2016. Wyoming's first temple will be dedicated on Sunday, October 30.

September 11, 2016

Filming for the Star Valley Temple Cultural Celebration
On Saturday evening, over 700 Primary children dressed in white and bearing candles gathered at the Star Valley Wyoming Temple grounds to film a sequence for the youth cultural celebration that will be held the evening before the dedication at Star Valley High School.

September 2, 2016

Three Weeks to Public Open House in Star Valley
The next temple to open its doors to the public will be the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, located in the cozy community of Afton. With the sod now laid, the landscaping is complete, and the temple is receiving its final touches on the interior. Make a reservation to tour the temple.

August 17, 2016

Reservations Available for the Star Valley Temple Open House
The Star Valley Wyoming Temple will open to the public for two weeks starting Friday, September 23, and continuing through Saturday, October 8, 2016. Guests should make reservations to tour the building using the online reservation system. All are welcome including children.

August 10, 2016

Greening Up the Star Valley Temple Grounds
More sod is going down at the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, quickly turning the drab dirt into a gorgeous green. Landscape bollards have been installed along the walkways to provide nighttime lighting for pedestrians. Free open house tickets will be made available in just one week.

July 25, 2016

Star Valley Wyoming Temple Open House Tickets
Free reservations for the public open house of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be made available through the online reservation system beginning Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The open house will be held Friday, September 23, through Saturday, October 8, 2016.

July 18, 2016

Landscaping the Star Valley Wyoming Temple Grounds
Beautiful green sod and newly planted trees have appeared on the grounds of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple as landscaping moves into full swing. To make way for the landscaping, the welcome center trailer has been permanently removed. Visitors are still welcome to hear a presentation on the temple by appointment in the meetinghouse located south of the temple.

July 4, 2016

Exterior Lighting System for the Star Valley Temple
New nighttime lighting of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple speaks to the building's holy purpose. "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6).

June 16, 2016

Landscaping Advancements at Star Valley Wyoming Temple
Flanking either side of the monument sign at the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, short concrete landscape walls have been faced with a rustic light-colored ledge rock. Dark fence poles circle the temple, which have been dropped into place as landscaping of the grounds progresses.

June 9, 2016

Star Valley Spring
Spring is in full bloom in Wyoming's picturesque Star Valley where the beautiful Star Valley Wyoming Temple now stands. The temple will bless the Saints in this high-mountain valley where winter travel conditions can be harsh. The availability date for free open house tickets has not yet been announced.

May 28, 2016

Rain Clouds Over the Star Valley Wyoming Temple
In late May, spring showers created a beautiful backdrop for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple where workers are busy inside the building hanging sheetrock, painting walls, and adding millwork. Outside, forms are in place for pouring the walkways that will circle the temple.

May 19, 2016

A View of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple
New photographs of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple show the temple as seen from the tower of the historic Afton Tabernacle, which has stood as the spiritual center of Star Valley for over 100 years. The temple open house begins in about four months.

April 25, 2016

Watch the Angel Moroni Placed Atop the Star Valley Temple
Just as scheduled, the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was set in place atop the Star Valley Wyoming Temple today at 11:00 a.m., exactly one year following the groundbreaking ceremony. A small crowd gathered around the temple site to witness the special occasion. Watch the video.

April 23, 2016

Rehearsal Held for Star Valley Temple Moroni Raising
On Saturday, April 23, a trial run was conducted for the placement of the angel Moroni atop the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, scheduled for Monday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. It is a rare treat in temple construction for an announcement to be made of when the statue will be placed.

April 4, 2016

Angel Moroni to Ascend Atop the Star Valley Wyoming Temple
With the steeple now fully shingled at the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, Saints are looking forward to the placement of the angel Moroni statue atop the spire, scheduled for April 25 at 11:00 a.m. Star Valley's beautiful mountains are a striking backdrop for the temple, which will be dedicated in less than seven months.

March 24, 2016

Star Valley Temple Steeple Shingles
At the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, dark-colored shingles have been laid on the south side of the steeple. Earlier this month, art glass windows were installed in the window openings of the steeple.

March 8, 2016

Art Glass Added to the Star Valley Wyoming Temple Steeple
Beautiful panels of art glass were installed yesterday in the window openings of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple steeple. Temporary glass has been installed in other areas of the temple until it can be replaced with matching art glass. Construction of the temple began just ten and a half months ago and appears to be progressing ahead of schedule. The temple is the first for the state and will serve members in Star Valley and parts of Southeast Idaho.

February 26, 2016

Installing Window Frames and Glass at Star Valley Temple
On both the front and back sides of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, workers have begun installing windows frames and temporary glass. As construction proceeds, the glass will be replaced with colored art glass, matching the design motif. Art glass is planned for the steeple as well.

February 15, 2016

Star Valley Wyoming Temple Progressing Rapidly
The attachment of stone cladding to the exterior of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple is finished, and progress continues on the interior. The temple is scheduled to be finished by the early months of 2017, though the dedicated construction workers appear to be ahead of schedule.

January 23, 2016

Additional Framing Added to Star Valley Wyoming Temple Steeple
Around the base of the spire of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, additional steel framing has been added to create the desired shape. The rest of the spire and the entrance canopy are covered in a protective plastic sheeting.

December 23, 2015

Attaching Panels to Star Valley Temple Steeple
A large crane at the Star Valley Wyoming Temple is lifting exterior panels into place around the steeple. Construction of the temple is advancing steadily on the main highway that traverses the valley, just south of the town of Afton. Winter snow covers the surrounding mountains.

November 25, 2015

Star Valley Exterior
Exterior panels have now been attached to the majority of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple.

November 14, 2015

Second Webcam Installed for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple
The local news provider in Star Valley, Wyoming—the Star Valley Independent—is providing a second live view of the construction of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple. Over the past several days, a major portion of the exterior cladding has been attached to the main body of the temple. Construction is progressing rapidly.

November 1, 2015

Steeple Assembly Installed Atop Star Valley Wyoming Temple
The Star Valley Wyoming Temple reached a significant milestone this weekend with the installation of the steeple assembly over the temple entrance. On the north side of the temple, a light-colored exterior cladding is being attached to the building, which has been insulated and weatherproofed.

October 29, 2015

Star Valley Exterior Cladding and Steeple Framework
Construction of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple marches on with the arrival of exterior cladding, seen on the north side of the building, and steel framework for the steeple. The temple is expected to serve members from six stakes in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho.

October 10, 2015

Finishing the Exterior Walls for the Star Valley Temple
The final sections of the parapet wall along the top of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple are being poured. With winter weather around the corner, crews are working toward enclosing the structure. The temple stands on the valley's main highway, just south of the community of Afton.

September 29, 2015

Walls Going Up for Star Valley Wyoming Temple Steeple
With the first- and second-level walls poured for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, concrete walls are now rising for the base of the steeple. Construction of the temple began just five months ago, shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony. The temple is the first in Wyoming.

September 18, 2015

Second Floor Walls Poured for Star Valley Wyoming Temple
It is full steam ahead at the Star Valley Wyoming Temple construction site where the exterior walls have been poured for the second floor. Visitors to the site are welcomed at an on-site Welcome Center where additional information is available and questions can be answered.

September 11, 2015

Curb and Gutter at Star Valley Temple
Concrete mixers at the Star Valley Wyoming Temple are churning out concrete for new curb and gutter and for the second floor temple walls.

September 1, 2015

Star Valley Temple Exterior Walls
At the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, the second level northern wall has now been poured. Framing for the entrance canopy is also in place.

August 9, 2015

Main Floor Walls Rising for Star Valley Wyoming Temple
In beautiful Afton, Wyoming, the reinforced concrete exterior walls for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple are rising against a backdrop of green, tree-covered mountains. Forms are in place for the future art glass windows that will decorate each side of the sacred structure.

July 21, 2015

Work Begins on Star Valley Temple Superstructure
At the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, forms have been set in place for pouring the first concrete exterior walls of the temple's main floor.

July 11, 2015

A Firm Foundation in Star Valley, Wyoming
"How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!" (Hymn 85). At the Star Valley Wyoming Temple site, the steel-reinforced foundation walls have been poured while cranes lift corrugated steel for workers to lay the main floor.

June 19, 2015

Star Valley Wyoming Temple Foundation Walls
The first concrete walls for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple are visible off Highway 89, just south of Afton. Photographs of the foundation, taken from the mountains behind the temple site, capture the beauty of the temple's setting in this verdant valley near the Wyoming-Idaho border.

June 6, 2015

Forms Going Up in Star Valley
With footings poured for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, concrete forms are being erected for the foundation walls. The temple will be the first in the state of Wyoming.

May 20, 2015

Star Valley Temple Footings
With excavation complete for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, forms are being set in place for pouring the footings.

May 11, 2015

Star Valley Temple Excavation
Only two weeks have passed since the Star Valley Wyoming Temple groundbreaking, and excavation for the foundation is already well underway.

April 25, 2015

Thousands Gather for Groundbreaking Services in Star Valley
The little town of Afton, Wyoming, filled with thousands of residents and guests today who came to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple.

April 20, 2015

Groundbreaking Preparations
In anticipation of this Saturday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, a shovel-turning plot has been prepared at the site just off Highway 89.

March 26, 2015

An Open Invitation to the Star Valley Temple Groundbreaking
The presidency of the Afton Wyoming Stake has issued an open invitation to all who wish to participate in the Star Valley Wyoming Temple groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. The services will also be broadcast to the Afton Tabernacle for those with special needs.

March 12, 2015

Star Valley Building Permit Approved
At the Town Council meeting held in Afton, Wyoming, on Tuesday afternoon, a building permit was approved for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple.

February 25, 2015

Star Valley Temple Groundbreaking
The First Presidency has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

February 18, 2015

Star Valley Wyoming Temple Gaining Traction
The recent application for building permits with the Town of Afton for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple has given Saints hope that construction is not far off. Final site and building blueprints are on file with the Town. Plans for the temple were announced in the October 2011 General Conference.

May 25, 2012

Star Valley Temple Location Announced
Church officials have identified the site for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple as east of U.S. Highway 89 on the Haderlie Farm property south of Afton. Construction is expected to last two years.

May 12, 2012

Variance Approved for Star Valley Temple
On May 8, 2012, the Afton Town Council unanimously approved a variance to permit the spire of the proposed Star Valley Wyoming Temple to exceed zoning height restrictions.

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