Reopening for the Idaho Falls Temple has been postponed

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IDAHO FALLS — Church officials have confirmed that the reopening for the Idaho Falls LDS Temple has been pushed back for several months.

Starting in March 2015 the temple was closed to accommodate an extensive renovation. The major focus of the renovation was to bring the historic temple up to code.

The Rexburg, Idaho Temple has accommodated members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the closure and will continue to absorb the overflow until the Idaho Falls Temple is complete.

According to ldschurchtemples.com, during the renovation structural walls are being reinforced, and mechanical and electrical systems are being upgraded along with heating and air conditioning equipment. Elevator systems, emergency lights, exit signs and a new fire suppression system is also on the to-do list.

A separate exit will also be created for brides and grooms, and a large waiting room added for wedding parties effectively reducing the size of the current office space. In the ordinance rooms, the murals will be restored and approximately 35 percent of the number of seats will be reduced. Finishes and furnishings will be refreshed throughout the temple, and clothing rental and cafeteria services will be retained. Landscaping improvements also are planned.

The Temple was due for rededication in October 2016, but now that date has been pushed back to early 2017.

Despite requests, LDS church officials would not comment on why renovations have been delayed.

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