25 October 2020
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Twelve Temples Announced
Dinis Adriano
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Twelve Temples Announced

Number of temples operating, announced or under construction now above 200!

At the end of the 188th Semiannual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build 12 new temples. In addition to this being the largest number of temples ever announced on the same day, the news brings the total number of Latter-day Saint temples operating, announced or under construction to 201. This comes exactly 18 years to the week since the Church completed its 100th temple.

The new temples will be in the following locations:

  • Mendoza, Argentina
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Yuba City, California
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Praia, Cape Verde
  • Yigo, Guam
  • Puebla, Mexico
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Davao, Philippines
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Washington County, Utah

These 12 announced temples bring the total number of operating temples (159) and temples announced or under construction (42) to 201 worldwide. The Concepción Chile Temple (October 28) and the Barranquilla Colombia Temple (December 9) are scheduled for dedication later this year. Eleven temples are being renovated, including the Asunción Paraguay TempleBaton Rouge Louisiana TempleFrankfurt Germany Temple, Hamilton New Zealand Temple, Memphis Tennessee Temple, Mesa Arizona Temple, Oakland California TempleOklahoma City Oklahoma TempleRaleigh North Carolina TempleTokyo Japan Temple and Washington D.C. Temple. (Temples under renovation are considered operating temples.) 


The previous largest number of temples announced on a single day was April 1, 1981, when nine temples were announced. With seven temples announced during the April 2018 general conference, a total of 19 temples have been announced this year.


“Building and maintaining temples may not change your life, but spending your time in the temple surely will,” President Nelson said. “To those who have long been absent from the temple, I encourage you to prepare and return as soon as possible. Then I invite you to worship in the temple and pray to feel deeply the Savior’s infinite love for you, that each of you may gain your own testimony that He continues to direct this sacred and ageless work.”

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