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With this week’s announced operational changes for temples in Argentina, Brazil, Haiti and Ukraine, only 11 of 168 dedicated temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not projected to be offering at least some proxy ordinances before the end of August.
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. As of July 2021, all of the Church’s operating temples have reopened after the pandemic closures, although attendance remains limited because of pandemic precautions.
Phases 1 and 2 of operations for the reopened temples involve living ordinances only, while Phase 2-B provides for the addition of proxy baptisms and Phase 3 all proxy ordinances.
And most of the Church’s eight temples under renovation have been given Phase 3 status to allow Latter-day Saints residing in those temple districts to attend nearby temples.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 10, only nine temples are in Phases 1 or 2 through the end of the end of the month, with two additional temple districts without phase designations. The 11 total temples or districts where no proxy ordinances are being conducted are:
- Arequipa Peru Temple, in Phase 2
- Barranquilla Colombia Temple, in Phase 2
- Bogotá Colombia Temple, in Phase 2
- Buenos Aires Argentina Temple, in Phase 2 but paused
- Hong Kong China Temple, with no phase designation given to the district
- Kyiv Ukraine Temple, in Phase 2
- Montevideo Uruguay Temple, in Phase 2
- Porto Alegre Brazil Temple, in Phase 2 until Aug. 17
- San José Costa Rica Temple, in Phase 1
- Seoul Korea Temple, Phase 2
- Tokyo Japan Temple, with no phase designation given to the district
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