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Besides the Melbourne Australia Temple set to resume proxy ordinance work as previously announced, this week’s updates for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temples include five returning to previous operational phases.

The moves are the latest as the Church continues to reopen temples in its careful and cautious four-phased process, after halting operations at all temples worldwide in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As announced last week, the Melbourne temple will move to Phase 3 proxy ordinance work on Feb. 1, with the Adelaide Australia, Perth Australia and Suva Fiji temples following suit on Feb. 8.

Other changes include:

  • Calgary Alberta, Cardston Alberta and Edmonton Alberta temples returning to Phase 2 after dropping down to Phase 1 for several months
  • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, returning to Phase 1 after having paused operations
  • Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple, moving back to Phase 1 from Phase 2

Phase 1 allows for limited living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment, while Phase 2 allows for those sealing as well as all other living ordinances, also by appointment. Phase 3 includes everything from the first two phases and the performance of temple ordinances for deceased individuals, with Phase 3 temple adjustments introduced by Church leaders on Dec. 7, 2020.

Of the 18 temples which currently have “paused” operations because of local COVID-19 conditions and restrictions, 15 had reached Phase 2 operations and the other three Phase 1.

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