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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now has 163 of its 170 dedicated temples and districts — or 95.9% — offering some proxy ordinances, with a Philippines temple expanding operations to offer all living and proxy ordinances, an Argentina temple adding proxy baptisms, and two recently dedicated temples in North America to open for all ordinances during the next week.
After closing its 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.
The changes for the Buenos Aires Argentina and Manila Philippines temples were included with the updates published Tuesday, Nov. 9.
A week ago, the Buenos Aires temple had resumed operations and began offering all living ordinances in Phase 2 after having been paused earlier because of local COVID-19 pandemic conditions. It will begin offering proxy baptisms as early as Nov. 16.
The Manila temple, also previously paused earlier this summer and resuming Phase 2-B operations, will move to Phase 3 and offer all living and proxy ordinances, also as early as Nov. 16.
Two temples that were dedicated over the past two weekends will be opening for all ordinances within the coming week — the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple as early as Nov. 12, and the Pocatello Idaho Temple as early at Nov. 16.
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, 159 of the Church’s 170 temples — or 93.5% — are designated now to be offering all living and proxy ordinances.
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