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By introducing the locations of six new temples at the conclusion of the Sunday afternoon session of October 2020 general Conference, President Russell M. Nelson has announced 49 new temples in the less than three years of leading The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The new temples announced Sunday, Oct. 4, are:
- Tarawa, Kiribati
- Port Vila, Vanuatu
- Lindon, Utah
- Greater Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Sao Paulo East, Brazil
- Santa Cruz, Bolivia
“As we build and maintain these temples, we pray that each of you will build and maintain yourself so you can be worthy to enter the holy temple,” said President Nelson, who had reminded listeners “the Lord’s ordinances and covenants prepare us for eternal life, the greatest of all God’s blessings.”
He reviewed the temporary closure of all Church temples due the global COVID-19 pandemic and the carefully coordinated, four-phased plan for reopenings.
“With Phase 2 now in place in many temples, thousands of couples have been sealed, and thousands have received their own endowments just in the past few months,” President Nelson said. “We look forward to the day when all worthy members of the Church can again serve their ancestors — and worship — in a holy temple.”
With the announcement, the Church now has 231 temples in various stages of operation, construction and planning. It’s 168 dedicated temples include eight closed for lengthy renovations, with another 22 under construction and 41 under planning and design.
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