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Fiji Temple rededication, open house scheduled in early 2016, LDS First Presidency announces

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SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church's temple-construction tempo continued to build Thursday with the announcement that renovation work on the Suva Fiji Temple is nearly complete.

The temple will be rededicated Feb. 21, 2016, according to an announcement by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church will conduct a free public open house at the temple each day except Sunday from Jan. 25-Feb. 6. The church will host a cultural celebration on Feb. 20.

The temple serves Latter-day Saints in Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Late church President Gordon B. Hinckley originally dedicated the Fiji temple in June 2000.

The church has dedicated two temples already this year — Payson Utah and Córdoba Argentina — and broken ground on another in Star Valley, Wyoming.

Still ahead in 2015 are three more dedications, for the Trujillo Peru, Indianapolis Indiana, and Tijuana Mexico temples; two rededications, for the Mexico City Mexico and Montreal Quebec temples; and the groundbreaking for the Cedar City Utah Temple.

On Tuesday, the First Presidency announced it will dedicate the Provo City Center Temple on March 20, 2016.

And at the faith's April general conference, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to build temples in the future in Bangkok, Thailand; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Those are not yet under construction, but in addition to Trujillo, Tijuana, Provo City Center and Star Valley, seven others are: in Rome; Philadelphia; Hartford, Connecticut; Sapporo, Japan; Paris; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Meridian, Idaho.

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