The Frankfurt Germany Temple will close beginning Monday, September 7, 2015, for extensive renovation. The temple is expected to reopen in July 2017.

The temple was announced in April 1981, Church leaders broke ground in July 1985 and Ezra Taft Benson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1985 to 1994, dedicated the Frankfurt Germany Temple August 28, 1987. The temple serves Latter-day Saints in Germany, Luxembourg, northern France and Slovenia.

The Freiberg Germany Temple was closed earlier this year for an extensive renovation as well. The temple will remain closed through May 30, 2016.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Freiberg Germany Temple June 29, 1985. The temple was remodeled and rededicated September 7, 2002, by President Hinckley, president of the Church from 1995 to 2008. The temple serves Latter-day Saints in eastern Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Other European Latter-day Saint temples are available, including the Bern Switzerland Temple,Madrid Spain Temple, London England Temple and Preston England Temple.

Currently, there are 147 temples in the world. More than 30 other temples are in various stages of renovation, construction or have been announced. The Indianapolis Indiana Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’steachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite familiesfor eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.