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Two temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a pair of the world’s largest metro areas are among those with operational changes announced this week.

The Manhattan New York Temple will begin offering all living ordinance on May 24 as it moves from Phase 1 to Phase 2, while the Mexico City Mexico Temple is returning to offering by-appointment living sealings of a husband and wife in Phase 1 after a lengthy pause due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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.

In addition to updates for the Manhattan and Mexico City updates announced Tuesday, May 18, other changes include:

  • The Taipei Taiwan Temple pausing from Phase 3 operations, including all proxy ordinances, because of local COVID-19 restrictions.
  • The Toronto Ontario Temple restarting Phase 2-B on May 24 and offering proxy baptisms, after dropping back to Phase 2 several weeks ago.
  • The Hamilton New Zealand Temple district being given Phase 3 designation, despite the temple being closed for restoration. The designation allows members in that district to schedule living and proxy ordinances at any of the Church’s five temples in Australia, all of which are operating in Phase 3.

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