Temple update: 7 new temples announced, update on 182 current temples

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced seven new temples to be constructed around the world in the coming years.

In 188th Annual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson shared locations for seven new temples: Salta, Argentina; Bengaluru, India; Managua, Nicaragua; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Layton, Utah; Richmond, Virginia; and a major city yet to be announced in Russia.

There are currently has 159 operating temples with 30 under construction. Since October general conference, two temples have been dedicated.

Meridian Idaho Temple

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then-second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Meridian Idaho Temple on Sunday, November 19, 2017. It is the fifth temple in Idaho.

“The Lord has decided through his living prophet, even President Monson to put a house of the Lord in this place,” said President Uchtdorf in a press release.

Plans to build the temple were announced by President Thomas S. Monson in April 2011.

Cedar City Temple

President Henry B. Eyring, then-first counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Cedar City Utah Temple on Sunday, December 10, 2017. It is the 17th temple completed in Utah.

“This is a ceremonial moment when we mark this great occasion by sealing the cornerstone which represents, really, the Savior. The Lord is the cornerstone of the work,” President Eyring said. “This is the house of the Lord.”


Temples In-Progress

An aerial rendering of the Rome Italy Temple, Religious and Cultural Center. (Rendering courtesy of LDS Church)

In total, there are 30 temples announced or under construction.

  • Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
    • Announced: April 5, 2015
  • Arequipa Peru Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 6, 2012
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: March 4, 2017
  • Bangkok Thailand Temple
    • Announced: April 5, 2015
    • Rendering released: March 19, 2018 (see it here)
  • Barranquilla Colombia Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 1, 2011
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Feb. 20, 2016
    • Open House: Nov. 3, 2018 – Nov. 24, 2018
    • Dedication: Dec. 9, 2018
  • Belém Brazil Temple
    • Announced: April 3, 2016
  • Brasília Brazil Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2017
  • Concepción Chile Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 3, 2009
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Oct. 17, 2015
    • Open House: Sept. 15, 2018 – Oct. 13, 2018
    • Dedication: Oct. 28, 2018
  • Durban South Africa Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 1, 2011
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: April 9, 2016
  • Fortaleza Brazil Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 3, 2009
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Nov. 15, 2011
  • Greater Manila Philippines Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2017
  • Harare Zimbabwe Temple
    • Announced: April 3, 2016
  • Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 1, 2011
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Feb. 12, 2016
  • Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple
    • Announced: April 3, 2016
  • Lisbon Portugal Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 2, 2010
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Dec. 5, 2015
  • Nairobi Kenya Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2017
  • Pocatello Idaho Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2017
  • Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
    • Announced: April 5, 2015
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Quito Ecuador Temple
    • Announced: April 3, 2016
  • Rio de Janerio Brazil Temple
    • Announced: April 6, 2013
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: March 4, 2017
  • Rome Italy Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 4, 2008
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Oct. 23, 2010
    • Open House: Jan. 28, 2019 – Feb. 16, 2019
    • Dedication: March 10–17, 2019
  • Saratoga Springs Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2017
  • Urdaneta Philippines Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 2, 2010
  • Winnipeg Mantioba Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2011
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Dec. 3, 2016

Extensive Renovation

The Houston Texas Temple, which was damaged during Hurricane Harvey, closed in August 2017. During the flood, the 52 inches of rain damaged the temple annex building, the temple basement and the main floor. The Houston Texas Temple will be rededicated on April 22, 2018.

The Jordan River Utah Temple ,which has been closed for extensive renovation, is currently holding an open house through April 28. It will be dedicated on May 20.

  • Jordan River Utah Temple
    • Open House: March 17–April 28, 2018
    • Dedication: May 20, 2018
  • Houston Texas Temple
    • Rededication: April 22, 2018
  • Frankfurt Germany Temple
  • Tokyo Japan Temple
  • Oklahoma City Oklahoma
  • Memphis Tennessee Temple
  • Asunción Paraguay Temple
  • Raleigh North Carolina Temple
  • Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
  • Oakland California Temple
  • Washington D.C. Temple
  • Mesa Arizona Temple (Will close in May 2018)
  • Hamilton New Zealand Temple (Will close in July 2018)

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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