No new temples?


The nearly-completed Gilbert Arizona Temple


When I was young, there were something like twelve or fifteen temples, worldwide, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Today, there are 141.


Moreover, there are twenty-nine (29) either under construction or announced.


In recent years, it has become traditional to announce new temples in the opening, Saturday morning, session of General Conference, and we’ve come to expect such announcements — even though, well within living memory, we often went for years at a time without any new temples.  But no new temples were announced this morning, which may well mean that none will be announced during this conference at all.


Some critics are virtually delirious with glee over this.  The Church is faltering!  It’s on the verge of collapse!  It’s bankrupt!  It’s having to retreat back to its stronghold among the benighted rubes of Utah!


The Rome Italy Temple, still under construction, as it appeared nearly a month ago


Here’s a reality check:


Temples will soon be functioning, in addition to those already in operation, in


Arequipa, Perú

Barranquilla, Colombia

Cedar City, Utah, USA

Concepción, Chile

Córdoba, Argentina

Durban, South Africa

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Fortaleza, Brazil

Gilbert, Arizona, USA

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

LIsbon, Portugal

Meridian, Idaho, USA

Paris, France

Payson, Utah, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Phoenix, Arizona

Provo, Utah, USA

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rome, Italy

Sapporo, Japan

Star Valley, Wyoming

Tijuana, México

Trujillo, Perú

Tucson, Arizona, USA

Urdaneta, The Philippines

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Artist’s conception of the Sapporo Japan Temple, construction of which has just begun


  • DanielPeterson

    I agree. Beautiful, quiet, serene places.

  • RaymondSwenson

    I served a year of my mission in and around Sapporo, when we opened the second branch in that city, and hope to travel back there for the dedication. The design echoes features of the Diet (Parliament) Building, and the former Imperial Hotel that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and whose front entry is preserved in the Meiji Mura building museum outside Nagoya.

    (Emperor) Meiji Mura (Village) has collected examples of buildings of all kinds representing the period of Japan’s transition from a closed society to a modern one influenced by Western architecture and social institutions, from Commodore Perry’s visit to the First World War. It is well worth a visit if you are in Japan.

  • Linda Blackham

    More than half of the 29 new, nonfunctional temples–16 to be exact–are outside the US. So definitely NO retreating back to Utah.