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Two temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — one each in South Africa and Tahiti — have returned to offering all living and proxy ordinances after previously being paused and then resuming with more limited operations.
After closing all 168 temples worldwide in late March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church continues to reopen its temples and advance their operations in a careful and cautious four-phase plan.
Counting all the current and projected temples and districts operating in Phase 3, including several that have temporarily paused operations because of local COVID-19 conditions, 155 of the Church’s 168 temples — or 92.3% — are designated now to be offering all living and proxy ordinances.
Add in the additional temples operating or projected to be operating in Phase 2-B and offering proxy baptisms and confirmations, and that makes 159 of the Church’s 168 temples — or 94.6% — offering at least some proxy ordinances in addition to all living ordinances by Oct. 12.
With the updates published Tuesday, Oct. 5, the following temples have returned to Phase 3 operations, offering all living and proxy ordinances. Both had been in Phase 3 previous, then paused due to COVID-19 precautions, and then resuming at lower levels of operations:
- Durban South Africa Temple
- Papeete Tahiti Temple
Added to the Church’s list of temples and their operating statuses is the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, which will be dedicated on Oct. 31. It is expected to open within the following two weeks for temple work in Phase 3, offering all living and proxy ordinances.
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