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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces 20 new temples

Oct 1, 2023, 4:09 PM | Updated: Oct 2, 2023, 9:25 am

SALT LAKE CITY -- *** temples were announced in the 193rd Semiannual General Conference of the Chur...

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SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty new temples were announced in the 193rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Sunday.

Due to a fall that injured his back, Church President Russel M. Nelson announced Thursday that he would attend the conference virtually. It was through a recorded video that President Nelson announced the new temples.

“Spending more time in the temple builds faith. And your service and worship in the temple will help you to think celestial,” said President Nelson in the video. “The temple is a place of revelation. There you are shown how to progress toward a celestial life. There you are drawn closer to the Savior and given greater access to His power. There you are guided in solving the problems in your life, even your most perplexing problems. The ordinances and covenants of the temple are of eternal significance … The Lord is directing us to build these temples to help us think celestial.”

The 20 new temples will be built in the following locations:

  • Savai’i, Samoa
  • Kahului, Hawaii
  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Vancouver, Washington
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Cancún, Mexico
  • Piura, Peru
  • Huancayo, Peru
  • Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Goiânia, Brazil
  • João Pessoa, Brazil
  • Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Calabar, Nigeria
  • Luanda, Angola
  • Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Laoag, Philippines
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

According to a news release, this is the second-highest number of temples announced at one time.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a total of 335 temples across the globe.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces 20 new temples