President Nelson announces new temples in West Jordan, Lehi and 13 other areas

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SALT LAKE CITY — During the final session of general conference on Sunday, President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the construction of 15 new temples around the world, including two throughout of the Wasatch Front.

New temples will be built in the following places:

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

The newly announced temples bring the total number worldwide to 350, including 189 temples dedicated, seven scheduled for dedication, 45 under construction and 53 with published locations.

“Temple time will help you think heavenly and help you gain a vision of who you really are, who you can become, and the kind of life you can have forever,” President Nelson said in a prerecorded video message. which was broadcast while he presided over the final session of the conference. “Regular temple worship will improve the way you see yourself and how you fit into God’s magnificent plan. I promise you that.”

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President Nelson has announced 168 temples during his six years as president of the church, including the second largest number of temples at any time during last October conference. That’s more than the six temples in operation when the current church president, whose 100th birthday is in September, was born: in St. George, Logan, Manti and Salt Lake City; as well as Cardston, Alberta; and Laie, Hawaii.

But the temples in West Jordan and Lehi would mark the 29th and 30th temples in Utah alone. New temples are currently being built in Ephraim, Heber Valley, Lindon, Smithfield, Syracuse, and Tooele (Deseret Peak), while the Provo Rock Canyon and salt lake temples They are currently in the process of renovation.

The Manti temple will be dedicated on April 21, Taylorsville will follow on June 2 and will be dedicated by Elder Gerrit W. Gong, and a temple in Layton will be dedicated by Elder David A. Bednar on June 16.

The temple on the southwest side of the Salt Lake Valley will serve about 115,000 residents in the West Jordan area, while the temple in Lehi, commonly known as Silicon Slopes because of the area’s prolific technology sector, will serve more. of 85,000 residents in northern Utah. County.

Utah, the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is home to nearly 2.2 million Latter-day Saints (about two-thirds of the state’s population) in more than 5,400 congregations.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained during Sunday’s closing session of general conference why the church has suffered a recent explosion in the construction of the temple.

“One reason is that in the midst of the turmoil and temptations of the world, he has promised to strengthen and bless his covenant saints,” he said. “His promises are being fulfilled!…In his house, we are literally endowed with heavenly power. Our faith in Christ and our love for him is confirmed and strengthened. We are spiritually sure of our true identity and the purposes of life. “We are faithful, we are blessed with protection from temptations and distractions.”

Audience members watch as President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivers his videotaped address during the afternoon session of the 194th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Latter-day Saints in Conference.  Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2024.
Audience members watch as President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivers his videotaped address during the afternoon session of the 194th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Latter-day Saints in Conference. Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2024. (Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Uturoa will be the second temple in French Polynesia and the first since the Papeete Tahiti temple was dedicated in 1983 and rededicated in 2006 following an expansion.

Mexico will add a 25th temple once the Chihuahua temple is completed in a country where church missionaries first arrived in the 1870s and the first stake was organized in 1961.

Florianópolis, Brazil, will be the site of the 23rd temple in South America’s only Portuguese-speaking country, home to nearly 1.5 million Latter-day Saints. South America will also see Argentina’s seventh temple in Rosario, located approximately 190 miles northwest of the capital of Buenos Aires.

Scotland will have its first temple in Edinburgh, but the fourth in the United Kingdom. Before Sunday’s announcement, the church’s approximately 185,000 members in Scotland would travel to London, Preston or Birmingham, England, to attend the temple.

Brisbane, the Australian capital of Queensland, will have its second temple in the city of about 2.2 million inhabitants, in a country with more than 155,000 church members in more than 300 congregations.

Victoria will be the 11th temple in Canada and the first in British Columbia since the dedication of a temple in Vancouver in 2010.

Arizona has been the home of Latter-day Saints since the 1850s and is currently home to more than 440,000 church members in 925 congregations, with temples in Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix, Snowflake, Gila Valley and Tucson.

Houston will receive a second temple since the Houston Texas Temple was dedicated in August 2000 and rededicated in April 2018 following renovations due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Des Moines is the capital and most populous city of the state of Iowa, with more than 29,000 Latter-day Saints spread among more than 200,000 residents, making it a suitable stop for the state’s first temple.

Ohio has three temples, but Cincinnati will be the first temple in southern Ohio, announced just a month after the church reacquired the historic Kirtland temple from the Community of Christ.

After temples were built in Laie, Kahului and Kona, Hawaii will add a fourth temple in the state capital and largest city on Oahu’s southwest coast.

With more than 175,000 church members, Venezuela will build only its second temple in Maracaibo and the first since the Caracas temple was dedicated by former church president Gordon B. Hinckley in 2000.

“The temple is the gateway to the greatest blessings that God has in store for each of us,” said President Nelson. “The temple is the only place on earth where we can receive all the blessings promised to Abraham. That is why we are doing everything in our power, under the direction of the Lord, to make the blessings of the temple more accessible to members of the community. church.”



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