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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began reopening its temples in May 2020 using a careful, cautious, four-phase approach to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly all the faith’s 168 operating temples have reopened in Phase 1 (husband–wife sealings or marriages by appointment). Most temples have moved on to Phase 2 (open both for sealings and all other living ordinances).

Today, the First Presidency announced that four temples are preparing to carefully enter Phase 3 of reopening as soon as December 21, 2020.

Phase 3 includes everything allowed in Phases 1 and 2, with the addition of temple work on behalf of deceased individuals. These four temples are in areas where incidence of COVID-19 is low and the Church can meet local public health guidelines for gathering and worship.

Being Our Brother’s Keeper During the Pandemic: The Need for Increased Safety Protocols

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