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Locations released for four other temples in North and South America
Manhattan New York Temple Renovation Announcement
Renovations to the Manhattan New York Temple are expected to begin in 2024 and be completed in approximately three years. The meetinghouse on the third floor of the temple will also be upgraded. Local congregations will be relocated to other meetinghouse spaces in the area during the renovation period.
A rendering of the updated Manhattan New York Temple has also been released.
During the temple’s renovation, Latter-day Saints in the Manhattan New York Temple district are encouraged to attend the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple or the Hartford Connecticut Temple.
Dates for the public open house and dedication following the renovation will be announced closer to the completion date.
The Manhattan Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in June 2004 and is the 119th dedicated temple in operation. It is the second temple built in the state of New York, following the Palmyra New York Temple in April 2000.
Much of the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints occurred in New York. In 1820, Joseph Smith received his First Vision just outside Palmyra. The Church of Jesus Christ was organized in Fayette, New York, on April 6, 1830. In the mid-1800s, many converts to the Church from Europe passed through New York Harbor on their way to join the Latter-day Saints out west. Today, the state of New York is home to more than 84,000 Latter-day Saints in over 140 congregations.
La Paz Bolivia Temple Site Announcement
The La Paz Bolivia Temple will be built on a 3.8-acre site located near Avenida Los Sauces and Calle 8 de Calacoto in Calacoto, La Paz, Bolivia. Plans call for a temple of approximately 18,850 square feet. This will be the third temple in Bolivia.
The La Paz Bolivia Temple was first announced by Church President Russell M. Nelson in October 2021. The first temple constructed in the country was the Cochabamba Bolivia Temple, which was dedicated in April 2000 by Church President Gordon B. Hinckley. There are also plans to build a temple in the city of Santa Cruz.
More than 220,000 Latter-day Saints live in Bolivia, a landlocked country in central South America. Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ arrived in Bolivia in 1964.
Natal Brazil Temple Site Announcement
The Natal Brazil Temple will be built on a 5.53-acre site located at Av. Senador Salgado Filho (BR-101), Nova Parnamirim, Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 19,800 square feet. This will be the first temple in Rio Grande do Norte, a state on Brazil’s easternmost Atlantic coast.
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