The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will become the LDS Church's second temple in Colombia following the dedication of the Bogotá Colombia Temple in 1999. Distance from the Bogotá Colombia Temple and the organization of several new stakes within the past decade in northern Colombia appear contributing factors influencing the decision to announce a second temple for Colombia notwithstanding the Bogotá Colombia Temple operating below capacity. Currently there are 28 stakes and 12 districts in Colombia.
Durban, South Africa
The Durban South Africa Temple will become the LDS Church's second temple in South Africa, making South Africa the only African nation with more than one LDS temple. Past mission presidents have shared the vision of a temple in Durban for several years notwithstanding only two stakes functioning in the city. The future temple will likely service Lesotho and Swaziland in addition to western South Africa, bringing the total of stakes and districts in the prospective temple district to as many as five and three, respectively. The new temple appears likely to be a small temple due to few stakes and districts in the surrounding region.
Kinshasa, DR Congo
The first temple in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo was announced. Prior to the temple announcement, the DR Congo was the country with the second most Latter-day Saints without a temple. LDS Church growth in the DR Congo has outpaced most nations in Africa and currently there are five stakes in Kinshasa and one across the Congo River in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Due to rapid congregational and membership growth combined with good retention and member activity, it is likely that as many as ten stakes may function in Kinshasa alone by 2015. Other stakes in the DR Congo are distant from Kinshasa, but the new temple will significantly reduce travel times and logistical issues. With the new temple announcement, prospects appear higher for the opening of a missionary training center in Kinshasa to train new missionaries in Central French-speaking Africa. The new temple will also likely service some additional Central African nations.
A second temple built from the shell of the fire-damaged Provo Tabernacle was announced this morning. The new temple will alleviate the busy Provo Utah Temple which services BYU and the MTC in addition to stakes from Provo to Payson. The new temple becomes Utah's 16th temple.
Star Valley, Wyoming
The first LDS temple in Wyoming was announced. Due to most of Wyoming's LDS membership residing within close proximity of the state border, no temple had been announced for many years notwithstanding 16 stakes functioning since 1984. The future temple will likely serve members in only in two stakes (Thayne and Afton) but may also serve stakes in central and southwestern Wyoming.