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Ten Latter-day Saint temples in Utah are among 17 worldwide that will expand their limited reopenings after closing during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the First Presidency announced on Monday.

The temples will move into Phase 2 of the four-step plan to reopen all of the 168 temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide. During this step, a temple is open for endowments for living persons, marriage sealings and sealings of children to parents.

Many church members have waited more than four months for those ordinances, because all temples were closed on March 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The church issued a statement Monday about how the temples will prioritize the need.

“Temples in Utah are anticipated to be very busy, so priority will be given first to living persons who are to be sealed, next to missionaries currently serving in the field, and then to missionaries who are preparing to depart, based on their departure date,” the statement said.

The following Utah temples will move to phase 2 on Aug. 17:

  • Bountiful Utah Temple
  • Brigham City Utah Temple
  • Cedar City Utah Temple
  • Logan Utah Temple
  • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
  • Ogden Utah Temple
  • Payson Utah Temple
  • Provo City Center Temple
  • Provo Utah Temple
  • Vernal Utah Temple

These seven temples also will move to phase 2 next week:

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