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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have its first reopened temple performing proxy work for the dead on Monday, Dec. 21, nine months after all temples worldwide were closed in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first will be the Taipei Taiwan Temple — one of the four temples the First Presidency identified on Dec. 7 as those to advance to Phase 3 of the Church’s four-phase reopening plan as early as Dec. 21. 

The other three — the Apia Samoa, Brisbane Australia and Nuku’alofa temples — remain in Phase 2 but are expected to be the next to advance to Phase 3 operations in coming weeks.

Also announced Monday, Dec. 14: the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple is moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 on Dec. 21.

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.

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