President Nelson announces 15 new temples in April 2024 – Church News

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In his final message from the April 2024 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced the locations of 15 new temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bringing the total number of houses of the Lord of the Church to 350 worldwide, 168 which President Nelson has announced in recent six years.

“The temple is the gateway to the greatest blessings that God has for each of us. The temple is the only place on earth where we can receive all the blessings promised to Abraham,” he said in a message shared Sunday afternoon, April 7, in Salt Lake City.

“That is why we are doing everything we can without our power, under the direction of the Lord, to make the blessings of the temple more accessible to members of the Church. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we plan to build a new temple in each of the following 15 locations.”

The 15 new temple locations identified by President Nelson are:

  • Uturoa, French Polynesia
  • Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Rosario, Argentina
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Brisbane, Australia, South Zone
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Yuma, Arizona
  • Houston, Texas, South Area
  • Des Moines (Iowa)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • West Jordan, Utah
  • Lehi (Utah)
  • Maracaibo Venezuela

With Sunday’s announcement, the Church now has a total of 350 temples: dedicated, under construction or announced and in planning. The 350 include:

  • 189 temples dedicated.
  • 7 temples scheduled for dedication.
  • 45 temples under construction.
  • 1 temple scheduled for groundbreaking.
  • 108 temples announced and in planning and design.
Latter-day Saints gather outside the Conference Center during the 194th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on April 7, 2024. | Marielle Scott, Deseret News

President Nelson noted in his Sunday afternoon message that when he was born on September 9, 1924, the Church had six temples in operation: in St. George, Logan, Manti, and Salt Lake City, Utah; as well as in Laie, Hawaii and Cardston, Alberta, Canada.

Adding the 15 new locations, President Nelson has announced 168 new temples since he became President of the Church in January 2018.

The 168 include:

  • 9 dedicated temples.
  • 2 temples scheduled for dedication.
  • 44 temples under construction.
  • 1 temples scheduled for groundbreaking.
  • 36 temples with identified site locations.
  • 76 temples announced in planning and design.

The 15 new houses of the Lord will eventually be built, dedicated, and will help bless the lives of Latter-day Saints living in and around those areas. However, in his address on Sunday, President Nelson provided Church members around the world with invitations and promises to now rejoice in the gift of priesthood keys, especially those related to worship in the temple and the ordinances of salvation and exaltation of the temple.

He invited his listeners to read the Prophet Joseph Smith’s dedicatory prayer for the Kirtland Temple, which is located in Doctrine and Covenants section 109 – and called it “a tutorial on how the temple spiritually strengthens you and me to face the challenges of life in these last days.”

Those who serve and worship in the house of the Lord, he added, “can expect to receive answers to their prayers, personal revelation, greater faith, strength, comfort, greater knowledge, and greater power.”

He revisited the topic “Think Heavenly,” which he introduced six months ago while speaking during the October 2023 general conference. “Temple time will help you ‘think heavenly’ and gain insight into who you are.” really, who you can become and the kind of life you can have forever. Regular temple worship will improve the way you see yourself and how you fit into God’s magnificent plan. I promise you.”

After enumerating the blessings promised by section 109President Nelson added: “This is my promise: nothing will help you hold on to the iron rod more than worshiping in the temple as regularly as your circumstances allow. Nothing will protect you more when you encounter the mists of darkness of the world. Nothing will more strengthen your testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement or help you better understand God’s magnificent plan. Nothing will calm your spirit more in times of pain. Nothing will open the heavens more…nothing.”

The Tabernacle Choir sings during the afternoon session of the 194th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Salt Lake City Conference Center on Sunday, April 7, 2024. | Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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