The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveiled unprecedented plans to build 20 new temples across the nations of the world, as well as another in northern Utah.
“We want to bring the house of the Lord even closer to our members, that they may have the sacred privilege of attending the temple as often as their circumstances allow,” President Nelson said.
The 20 new temples will be built in the following locations:
- Oslo, Norway
- Brussels, Belgium
- Vienna, Austria
- Kumasi, Ghana
- Beira, Mozambique
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Singapore, Republic of Singapore
- Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- Cali, Colombia
- Querétaro, México
- Torreón, México
- Helena, Montana
- Casper, Wyoming
- Grand Junction, Colorado
- Farmington, New Mexico
- Burley, Idaho
- Eugene, Oregon
- Elko, Nevada
- Yorba Linda, California
- Smithfield, Utah
There are 41 temples currently under construction or renovation, and despite the pandemic, ground was broken for 21 new temples in 2020. The church is “building now for the future,” the church president said.
“I pray that your desire to worship and serve in the temple burns more brightly than ever,” President Nelson said. “Temples are a vital part of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. Ordinances of the temple fill our lives with power and strength — available in no other way. We thank God for those blessings.”
This is the most temple locations ever announced at one time. The previous record was 12 temples by President Nelson on Oct. 7, 2018, according to ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
President Gordon B. Hinckley announced plans to construct as many as 32 new temples at the April 1998 general conference but did not list specific locations.
Sunday’s news of 20 new temples brings the total number of temples announced by President Nelson to 69 since becoming the president of the church in 2018. He announced 19 new temples that year, 16 temples in 2019 and 14 in 2020, including eight temples last April and six in October.
The Church of Jesus Christ now has 251 temples announced, under construction or operating.
In addition to the temple announcement, President Nelson outlined the four phases for reopening temples during the ongoing pandemic. He thanked Latter-day Saints for their patience and said the temples would resume operations as local government regulations allow it.
“Now, you may be wondering when you will be able to return to the temple. When the incidence of COVID-19 in your area is within safe limits, your temple will reopen,” he said. “Do all you can to bring COVID-19 numbers down in your area so that your temple opportunities can increase. Meanwhile, keep your temple covenants and blessings foremost in your minds and hearts. Stay true to the covenants you have made.”
President Nelson also spoke of temples during the conference leadership session earlier this week.
“Names of ancestors are being prepared for the day when temples will again be open for vicarious work to be done,” he said on April 1.
Learn more about the new temples
The following information is provided by the church’s Newsroom site:
“This will be the first temple for Norway which is home to about 5,000 Latter-day Saints. Oslo, Norway’s capital, sits on the country’s southern coast. The Book of Mormon was translated into Danish in 1850 — the first language other than English. The first missionaries arrived in Norway in 1851 and the first two congregations were organized in July 1852. In Scandinavia, the Church also has temples in Helsinki, Finland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Stockholm, Sweden.”
“About 7,000 Latter-day Saints in a dozen congregations reside in Belgium. The Brussels Belgium Temple will be the Church’s first temple in Belgium. Brussels, a major international center, is the European country’s capital. A convert from Turkey was the first member to arrive in Belgium in 1888. Missionaries laboring in Switzerland and Germany were also sent to Belgium. The first chapels built for French-speaking members in Europe were all completed in the 1930s. There are more than a dozen temples in Europe.”
“Vienna is the capital and most populous city in Austria and home to about 5,000 Latter-day Saints. This will be the Church’s first temple in Austria,…