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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that 60 temples will resume offering all ordinances for the first time in more than a year.
After completely closing all of its temples worldwide in late March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church continues to reopen its temples and their operations in a careful and cautious four-phase plan.
On Tuesday, May 25, the Church released a list of the 60 temples where all living and proxy ordinances can be performed, beginning in either in June or July.
In all, at least 129 of the Church’s 168 dedicated temples worldwide — or 76.8% — will be designated for proxy temple work by the end of July.
In May 2020, after a six-week period where all the temples were closed, the First Presidency announced a phased reopening of temples. Tuesday’s announcement will move 60 temples to Phase 3 — which allows temples to open for all ordinances with restrictions. In Phase 1 temples are open for limited living husband-and-wife sealings, Phase 2 for all living ordinances and Phase 2-B for all living ordinances and proxy baptisms.
Because of possible changes in local COVID-19 conditions and guidelines, specific dates are not being released for when each of the 60 temples is moving to Phase 3 over the next two months.
Instead, Church members who reside in a given temple district will be notified by email that the online reservation system has been activated for the temple in which district they reside.
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