Temple update: 12 new temples announced, update on 201 current temples

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During the Sunday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced 12 new temples around the world.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced 12 new temples to be constructed around the world in the coming years.

In 188th Semiannual General Conference, Church President Russell M. Nelson shared locations for 12 new temples:

  • 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

The Church currently has 159 operating temples with 42 under construction, which brings the total to 201 worldwide. Since April general conference, one temple has been dedicated and one was reopened.

Jordan River Utah Temple Rededication

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, rededicated the Jordan River Utah Temple on May 20, 2018.

During the two-year closure, the temple’s interior was extensively renovated. Additions and renovations included new furniture, carpet, decorative paint motifs, artwork and art glass were added, and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements were updated to improve the building’s efficiency.

Houston Texas Temple

(Photo courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

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 was rededicated on April 22, 2018.


Temples In-Progress

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

In total, there are 42 temples announced or under construction.

  • Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
    • Announced: April 5, 2015
  • Salta Argentina Temple
    • Announced: April 1, 2018
  • 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
  • Bengaluru India Temple
    • Announced: April 1, 2018
  • Brasília Brazil Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2017
  • Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple
    • Announced: April 1, 2018
  • 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
  • Layton Utah Temple
    • Announced: April 1, 2018
  • Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple
    • Announced: April 3, 2016
  • Lisbon Portugal Temple
    • Announced: Oct. 2, 2010
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Dec. 5, 2015
  • Managua Nicaragua Temple
    • Announced: April 1, 2018
  • Nairobi Kenya Temple
    • Announced: April 2, 2017
  • Pocatello Idaho Temple
  • Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
    • Announced: April 5, 2015
    • Groundbreaking ceremony: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Quito Ecuador Temple
    • Announced: April 3, 2016
  • Richmond Virginia Temple
    • Announced: April 1, 2018
  • 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
  • Russia (major city yet to be announced)
    • Announced: April 1, 2018
  • 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

In addition to the 11 temples already undergoing renovations, President Nelson announced that the Salt Lake City Temple as well as other pioneer temples will soon undergo renovations.

  • 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
  • Hamilton New Zealand Temple

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