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On one hand, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is announcing only one temple changing its reopening status for the coming week. On the other hand, the Church has already reopened more than 90% of its available temples worldwide since the late March closure of all temples due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And more than 80% of those reopened temples are already in Phase 2 of the Church’s four-phase plan — all coming in less than three months since the first dozen temples were upgraded from the initial Phase 1 to Phase 2.

Phase 2 allows for the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals, with Phase 1 for only limited husband-and-wife sealings.

In its 25th week of announcing reopenings through Newsroom, the Church will make only one upgrade for the week starting Monday, Oct. 26, with the Birmingham Alabama Temple moving to Phase 2 from Phase 1.

Other than when the Church made no changes on Aug. 10, the single upgrade for Oct. 26 makes for the fewest temple status changes in a single week since the first temples reopened on May 11 after the COVID-19-related closure of all temples.

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