Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Announcement of 20 New Temples: Analysis

As noted last Sunday, Church President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct 20 new temples 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

This marks the most temples announced in a single day in which the Church has identified the specific location of the temples announced. The record for the most temples announced in a single day was set in April 1998 when President Hinckley announced plans to construct 32 temples. The announcement of these 20 new temples on April 4th, 2021 increased the total number of temples announced or dedicated to 251 - an 8.0% increase from prior to the announcement. President Nelson has announced 69 new temples since he became President of the Church in early 2018. Fifty (50) of the 69 new temples announced have been in locations that have been typical for most temple announcements in the Church in terms of factors such as geographic distance to the nearest temple, number of stakes likely to be served by the new temple, and the duration of a Church presence in the location. These temples include the following: 

  • Salta Argentina Temple
  • Auckland New Zealand Temple
  • Davao Philippines Temple
  • Lagos Nigeria Temple
  • Mendoza Argentina Temple
  • Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple
  • Praia Cabo Verde Temple
  • Puebla Mexico Temple
  • Red Cliffs Utah Temple
  • Salvador Brazil Temple
  • San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
  • Antofagasta Chile Temple
  • Deseret Peak Utah Temple
  • Neiafu Tonga Temple
  • Pago Pago American Samoa Temple
  • San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple
  • Bacolod Philippines Temple
  • Bentonville Arkansas Temple
  • Freetown Sierra Leone Temple
  • McAllen Texas Temple
  • Orem Utah Temple
  • Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Temple
  • Taylorsville Utah Temple
  • Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple
  • Benin City Nigeria Temple
  • Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
  • Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
  • Syracuse Utah Temple
  • Tallahassee Florida Temple
  • Lindon Utah Temple
  • Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple
  • Tarawa Kiribati Temple
  • Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple
  • Casper Wyoming Temple
  • Elko Nevada Temple
  • Eugene Oregon Temple
  • Farmington New Mexico Temple
  • Grand Junction Colorado Temple
  • Helena Montana Temple
  • Kumasi Ghana Temple
  • Oslo Norway Temple
  • Querétaro Mexico Temple
  • Smithfield Utah Temple
  • Torreón Mexico Temple

I believe that 19 of the 69 temples announced by President Nelson have not fit the typical criteria seen for new temple announcements given the small size of the Church in these locations, relatively close proximity to the nearest temple, and/or the short duration of the Church's presence.

  • Feather River California Temple
  • Yigo Guam Temple
  • Budapest Hungary Temple
  • Moses Lake Washington Temple
  • Okinawa Japan Temple
  • Cobán Guatemala Temple
  • Dubai United Arab Emirates Temple
  • Shanghai China Temple
  • Greater Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
  • Port Vila Vanuatu Temple
  • São Paulo Brazil East Temple
  • Beira Mozambique Temple
  • Brussels Belgium Temple
  • Burley Idaho Temple
  • Cali Colombia Temple
  • Cape Town South Africa Temple
  • Singapore Republic of Singapore Temple
  • Vienna Austria Temple
  • Yorba Linda California Temple

Regardless whether you agree with my organization of President Nelson's temple announcements into typical or atypical categorized based upon previous temple announcements, I think that there has been a surprising number of temple announcements in locations that few have considered as likely candidates. Also, the news release that provides information about the new temples announced on April 4th, 2021 included the following statement about how the Church chooses sites for new temples:

Temple sites are chosen by the First Presidency based on several factors, including the number of members in an area, travel time to the nearest temple and the need for additional temple capacity in a region.

See below for an analysis of each of the 20 new temples announced on April 4th, 2021:

Oslo Norway Temple

Norway was the only continental Northern European country not to have its own temple prior to the announcement of the Oslo Norway Temple. Church membership in Norway has vacillated between 4,400 and 4,700 since approximately 2010. The number of members reported on Church records in Norway is comparable to neighboring Denmark (4,466 in 2019) and Finland (4,885 in 2019), yet each of these two nations had temples announced in 1999 and 2000, respectively. However, Norway had only one stake (the Oslo Norway Stake organized in 1977) until 2012 when a second stake was organized in Drammen. Approximately 30% of members in Norway appeared to regularly attend Church as of the late 2010s. Nevertheless, there is a strong core of active members to staff and support a small temple in Oslo. The new temple will likely include just the country of Norway with its two stakes and four isolated mission branches in northern Norway. Norway currently pertains to the Stockholm Sweden Temple. The Church has had a long-term presence in Norway with some congregations operating continuously since the 1850s. Approximately 8,500 converts joined the Church in Norway prior to 1930 of whom 3,500 immigrated to Utah. Prospects for future growth in Norway appear bleak given secularism in society, low birth rates in the Church, and few youth converts who are Norwegian. For more information about the Church's history in Norway, click here. Norway currently pertains to the Stockholm Sweden Temple.

Brussels Belgium Temple

This temple announcement was a total shock to me given Belgium's close geographic proximity to The Hague Netherlands Temple (announced in 1999, dedicated in 2002), the small size of the Church in Belgium, and very slow growth in recent decades. The number of congregations in Belgium decreased from an all-time high of 29 in 1999 to 11 in 2017. This decline was due to the steady discontinuation of all of the 18 branches in the country with the exception of one branch. The Church undertook a massive consolidation of wards and branches in Belgium in 2017 that resulted in the only ward or branch being closed in several cities. Today, there are 12 congregations in Belgium and two congregations in neighboring Luxembourg. Local members have noted that travel to The Hague Netherlands Temple is difficult for many Belgian members due to reliance on public transportation. Moreover, Belgium was the sovereign European country with the most members without a temple announced or dedicated prior to the announcement of the Brussels Belgium Temple (there were 6,605 members in Belgium as of year-end 2019). The new temple will likely service the two Belgian stakes (Antwerp [organized in 1994] and Brussels [organized in 1977]) and the Lille France Stake. Finally, members report that a site for the new temple has appeared to have already been secured. It is anticipated that the new temple may provide greater awareness of the Church in Europe given Brussels' prominence in European politics and cosmopolitan demography. The Church has had a continual presence in Belgium since the late 1880s. Belgium currently pertains to The Hague Netherlands Temple.

Vienna Austria Temple

This temple announcement was also a surprise to me given the recent announcement of the nearby Budapest Hungary Temple in 2019. The Church's growth in Austria in the past decade has been characterized by slow membership growth and stagnant congregational growth. The Church reported 4,693 members and 17 congregations as of year-end 2019. The Church has operated two stakes in Austria in Vienna (since 1980) and Salzburg (since 1997). The first official branch in Austria was organized in 1901. The new temple will likely include the two stakes in Austria, possibly one district each in Croatia, Slovakia, and Slovenia, and possibly the Prague Czech Republic Stake. Austria currently pertains to the Freiberg Germany Temple.

Kumasi Ghana Temple

Kumasi has experienced some of the most rapid growth in the Church in West Africa during the past decade. The number of stakes in Kumasi has increased from one in 2010 to four at present. The first stake in Kumasi was created in 1998. The rapid growth of the Church in Kumasi began after the Ghana Cape Coast Mission initiated an aggressive church-planting strategy in which approximately one dozen member groups were organized in lesser-reached areas of the city. These member groups quickly matured into branches, and many of these branches have since become wards. The new temple will be the Church's second temple in Ghana where the first temple was announced in 1998 and dedicated in 2004. There are currently four stakes and five districts which appear likely to be assigned to the new temple, albeit the number of stakes and districts may be much higher by the time the temple is complete given recent growth trends. The Ghana Kumasi Mission was organized in 2012. 

The Church organized its first branch in Ghana in 1978. All of Ghana is currently serviced by the Accra Ghana Temple. Ghana appears a good candidate for the announcement of a third temple in the foreseeable future in the Cape Coast/Takoradi area where there are six stakes and three districts. There were 89,135 members and 328 congregations in Ghana as of year-end 2019.

Beira Mozambique Temple

The new temple in Beira, Mozambique will be the Church's first temple in the country. The Church organized its first branch in Beira in 1999, and the first branch in Mozambique was created in Maputo in 1996. Beira was likely chosen as the site of the Church's first temple in Mozambique due to its central location and recent rapid growth. Mozambique currently pertains to the Johannesburg South Africa Temple. There are five stakes (two in Beira, two in Maputo, one in Nampula) and one district (Chimoio) in Mozambique - all of which will likely be assigned to the new temple once it is completed. The Church organized its first stakes in Mozambique in 2015 with one stake each in Beira and Maputo. This summer the Church will organize the Mozambique Beira Mission from a division of the Mozambique Maputo Mission (organized in 2005).

Cape Town South Africa Temple

The long-awaited temple in Cape Town, South Africa was announced after many years of hopes and prayers by the members of the Church to have a temple announced for their city. There has been speculation for many years that the Church may one day announce a small temple for Cape Town due to long distance to the Johannesburg South Africa Temple. There are only two stakes in Cape Town which were organized in 1984 and 2014. However, the new temple may also service additional 1-3 stakes and one district in southern South Africa which currently pertain to the Durban South Africa Temple. The Church has had a long-term presence in Cape Town with the first branch being organized in the 1850s, albeit an official presence was not consistently sustained for many decades. The new temple will be the Church's third temple in South Africa after the Johannesburg South Africa Temple (announced in 1981 and dedicated in 1985) and the Durban South Africa Temple (announced in 2011 and dedicated in 2020). The South Africa Cape Town Mission was organized in 1984. There were 68,772 members and 193 congregations in South Africa as of year-end 2019.

Singapore Republic of Singapore Temple

The Singapore Republic of Singapore Temple will be the Church's first temple in Singapore where the Church operates one stake (organized in 1995). President Hinckley publicly proposed a temple for Singapore in a member meeting in 2000. Singapore currently pertains to the Manila Philippines Temple. The Church reported slow, steady membership growth in Singapore until the early 2010s, and the Church has since experienced stagnant growth or a slight decline in membership from year to year. As of year-end 2019, there were 3,439 members and seven congregations (all wards) in Singapore. Approximately 28% of Church membership attends church on a regular basis. Prospects appeared favorable for the Church to organize a second stake in Singapore until 2019 when three wards were discontinued in order to establish wards with larger numbers of active members. Singapore ranks among countries with the fewest members with a temple announced or dedicated. However, the new temple will also service membership in neighboring Malaysia where there were 10,845 members (only 15% are active) and 31 branches as of year-end 2019 (Malaysia is the country with the most members without a stake when excluding mainland China). Moreover, Singapore will also likely service Latter-day Saints in Indonesia and Timor-Leste where there were a combined 7,600 members, two stakes, and one district as of year-end 2019. The Church organized its first branch in Singapore in 1968, and the Singapore Mission was organized in 1980.

Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple

The Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple will be the Church's 13th temple in Brazil. The new temple will likely include the six stakes in the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area, at least four stakes in neighboring cities, and perhaps two or more districts. The first stake organized in Belo Horizonte was created in 1981, and the Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission was organized in 1988. The first branch in Belo Horizonte appeared to be organized as early as 1974. Previously built or announced temples in Brazil include the São Paulo Brazil Temple (dedicated in 1978), the Recife Brazil Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Porto Alegre Brazil Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Campinas Brazil Temple (dedicated in 2002), the Curitiba Brazil Temple (dedicated in 2008), the Manaus Brazil Temple (dedicated in 2012), the Fortaleza Brazil Temple (dedicated in 2019), Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple (announced in 2013 and currently waiting to be dedicated), Belém Brazil Temple (announced in 2016 and under construction), the Brasília Brazil Temple (announced in 2017 and under construction), the Salvador Brazil Temple (announced in 2018), and the São Paulo Brazil East Temple (announced in 2020). The Church in Brazil reported 1.43 million members, 2,142 congregations, 277 stakes, 39 districts, and 35 missions as of year-end 2019.

Cali Colombia Temple

The new temple announced for Cali, Colombia will be the Church's third temple in Colombia following the Bogota Colombia Temple (announced in 1984 and dedicated in 1999) and the Barranquilla Colombia Temple (announced 2011 and dedicated in 2018). The new temple will likely include six stakes and six districts in southern Colombia. The Church has reported slow growth in southern Colombia as no new stakes have been organized in this region of the country since 1997. The Colombia Cali Mission was organized in 1975, and the first stake in the city was created in 1978. The Church in Colombia reported 209,985 members, 249 congregations, 30 stakes, and 10 districts as of year-end 2019.

Querétaro Mexico Temple

The Querétaro Mexico Temple will be the Church's first temple in central Mexico between Mexico City and Guadalajara - a region of Mexico with some of the lowest percentages of Latter-day Saints in the general population. Local members have reported Querétaro is an important evolving center for the Church in the region, and it is the only city between Mexico City and Guadalajara with more than two stakes. The first stake in Querétaro was organized in 1995, and the most recently organized stake in Querétaro was created in 2012. The Mexico Querétaro Mission was organized in 2013. The new temple will likely include the three stakes in Querétaro, three stakes and one district in neighboring Guanajuato State, possibly 2-4 stakes in Michoacan State, and possibly two stakes in San Luis Potosí. These stakes are currently assigned to the Mexico City Mexico Temple or the Guadalajara Mexico Temple. 

The Church in Mexico has previously dedicated or announced 14 temples in Mexico including the Mexico City Mexico Temple (dedicated in 1983), the Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple (dedicated in 1999), the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Oaxaca Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Tampico Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Villahermosa Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Mérida Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Veracruz Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2000), the Guadalajara Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2001), the Monterrey Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2002), the Tijuana Mexico Temple (dedicated in 2015), and the Puebla Mexico Temple (announced in 2018). The Church in Mexico reported 1.48 million members, 1,843 congregations, 222 stakes, 47 districts, and 32 missions as of year-end 2019.

Torreón Mexico Temple

The Torreón Mexico Temple will be the Church's 16th temple in Mexico. The new temple will likely service the five stakes in the Torreón/Gomez Palacio metropolitan area, the two stakes in Durango, and two districts north of Torreón. The Church has experienced slow growth in this area of Mexico in recent years, and the most recently organized stake that will likely be assigned to the new temple district was created in 1995. The Mexico Torreón Mission was originally organized in 1968.


Helena Montana Temple 

The Helena Montana Temple will be the Church's second temple in Montana after the Billings Montana Temple (announced in 1996, dedicated in 1999). The new temple will likely serve approximately eight stakes in western Montana. Slow Church growth has occurred in Montana for much of the past 30 years, albeit two new stakes were created in 2017. The Church in Montana reported 50,552 members, 126 congregations, 13 stakes, and one mission as of year-end 2019.

Casper Wyoming Temple

The Casper Wyoming Temple will be the Church's second temple in Wyoming after the Star Valley Wyoming Temple (announced in 2011, dedicated in 2016) which is located in Afton. The new temple was announced shortly after the creation of a second stake in Casper in 2020. The Church has consistently organized new wards in Casper in recent years. The Church's first stake in Casper was organized in 1962. The new temple will likely service the two Casper stakes, 2-3 additional stakes in Wyoming, and possibly the Rapid City South Dakota Stake. These stakes pertain to three different temple districts: the Fort Collins Colorado Temple district, the Billings Montana Temple district, and the Bismark North Dakota Temple district. The Church in Wyoming reported 67,729 members, 171 congregations, and 17 stakes as of year-end 2019.

Grand Junction Colorado Temple

The Grand Junction Colorado Temple will be the Church's third temple in Colorado after the Denver Colorado Temple (announced in 1982, dedicated in 1986) and the Fort Collins Colorado Temple (announced 2011, dedicated in 2016). The new temple will likely service the two Grand Junction stakes, the Montrose Colorado Stake, and the Rifle Colorado Stake. The Church's first stake in Grand Junction was organized in 1955. Stakes in the likely temple district currently pertain to the Monticello Utah Temple district and the Vernal Utah Temple district. The Church has reported slow growth on the Western Slope of Colorado. Statewide, the Church in Colorado has experienced stagnant membership growth since 2015. The Church in Colorado reported 150,958 members, 305 congregations, 35 stakes, and four missions as of year-end 2019.

Farmington New Mexico Temple

The Farmington New Mexico Temple will be the Church's second temple in New Mexico after the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple (announced in 1997, dedicated in 2000). The new temple will likely primarily service the historic Mormon colonies in northwestern New Mexico, Native American members in the Four Corners area, and southwestern Colorado. The new temple will likely include 5-6 stakes in the Four Corners area. The Farmington New Mexico Stake was organized in 1912. The Four Corners currently pertain to the Monticello Utah Temple and the Snowflake Arizona Temple. The New Mexico Farmington Mission was organized in 2010. The Church in New Mexico has reported stagnant membership growth since 2015. The Church in New Mexico reported 69,488 members, 138 congregations, 14 stakes, and two missions as of year-end 2019.

Burley Idaho Temple

The Burley Idaho Temple will be the Church's seventh temple in Idaho after the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (announced in 1937, dedicated in 1945), Boise Idaho Temple (announced in 1982, dedicated in 1984), the Rexburg Idaho Temple (announced in 2003, dedicated in 2008), the Twin Falls Idaho Temple (announced in 2004, dedicated in 2008), the Meridian Idaho Temple (announced in 2011, dedicated in 2017), the Pocatello Idaho Temple (announced in 2017). The new temple will likely include seven stakes in the Burley area. The oldest stake in the area is the Oakley Idaho Stake which was organized in 1887. Several of the stakes have operated for nearly 100 years. The number of stakes in the Twin Falls Idaho Temple District will likely be cut in half as a result of the new temple announcement. The Church has experienced slow growth in the Twin Falls area (where a couple stakes are close to dividing), whereas essentially stagnant growth has occurred in the Burley area for many years. The Church in Idaho reported 462,069 members, 1,181 congregations, 132 stakes, and three missions as of year-end 2019. Unlike many states, the Church in Idaho has reported consistent membership growth rates for many years (typically 1-2% per year).

Eugene Oregon Temple

The Eugene Oregon Temple will be the Church's third temple in Oregon after the Portland Oregon Temple (announced in 1984, dedicated in 1989) and the Medford Oregon Temple (announced in 1999, dedicated in 2000). The new temple will likely include approximately nine stakes in west central Oregon which currently pertain to the Portland Oregon Temple. This region of Oregon has experienced essentially stagnant growth for several decades. The Church organized its first stake in the Eugene metropolitan area in 1951 (today the Springfield Oregon Stake). The Church in Oregon reported 153,540 members, 306 congregations, 35 stakes, and 3 missions as of year-end 2019.

Elko Nevada Temple

The Elko Nevada Temple will be the Church's third temple in Nevada after the Las Vegas Nevada Temple (announced in 1984, dedicated in 1989) and the Reno Nevada Temple (announced in 1999, dedicated in 2000). The Church organized its first stake in Elko in 1942. The new temple will likely include the two stakes in Elko, the Ely Nevada Stake, the Winnemucca Nevada Stake, and the Wendover Utah District. The likely temple district is currently divided between four temples: the Twin Falls Idaho Temple, the Reno Nevada Temple, the Cedar City Utah Temple, and the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (located in South Jordan). The most recently organized stake in the likely temple district was organized in Elko in 1995. The Church in Nevada has reported extremely slow membership growth in recent years. There were 184,703 members, 350 congregations, 42 stakes, and 3 missions in Nevada as of year-end 2019.

Yorba Linda California Temple

The Yorba Linda California Temple will be the ninth temple in California after the Los Angeles California Temple (announced in 1937, dedicated in 1956), the Oakland California Temple (announced in 1961, dedicated in 1964), the San Diego California Temple (announced in 1984, dedicated in 1993), the Fresno California Temple (announced in 1999, dedicated in 2000), the Redlands California Temple (announced in 2001, dedicated in 2003), the Newport Beach California Temple (announced in 2001, dedicated in 2005), the Sacramento California Temple (announced in 2001, dedicated in 2006), and the Feather River California Temple (located in Yuba City) (announced in 2018). This temple announcement came as a complete surprise to me given the Church's decades-long trend of active members moving away from northern Orange County (and much of Southern California in general) as well as several temples with the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. For example, the Church discontinued the Placentia California Stake in 2020 due to steady declines in the number of congregations in the area. The new temple will likely include 8-10 stakes which currently pertain to neighboring temple districts. The Church has reported consistent net decreases in membership in California since 2013 (all-time high for Church membership was reached in 2013 at 780,200). As of year-end 2019, there were 756,507 members, 1,229 congregations, 153 stakes, and 15 missions in California. The Church in California has had at least three distinct periods of membership decline in the past 30 years (early 1990s, mid-2000s, and mid-2010s to present).

Smithfield Utah Temple

The Smithfield Utah Temple will be the Church's 26th temple in Utah. The Church organized its first stake in Smithfield in 1938. The new temple will likely include eight stakes in northern Cache County and four stakes in southern Idaho. It is important to note that many of the stakes in Cache County are rather large at present, and it appears many new stakes will be organized in the area within the immediate future. Previously dedicated or announced temples in Utah include: the St. George Utah Temple (announced in 1871, dedicated in 1877), the Logan Utah Temple (announced in 1876, dedicated in 1884), the Manti Utah Temple (announced in 1875, dedicated in 1888), the Salt Lake Temple (announced in 1847, dedicated in 1893), the Ogden Utah Temple (announced in 1967, dedicated in 1972), the Provo Utah Temple (announced in 1967, dedicated in 1972), the Jordan River Utah Temple (announced in 1978, dedicated in 1981), the Bountiful Utah Temple (announced in 1990, dedicated in 1995), the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (announced in 1992, dedicated in 1996), the Vernal Utah Temple (announced in 1994, dedicated in 1997), the Monticello Utah Temple (announced in 1997, dedicated in 1998), the Draper Utah Temple (announced in 2004, dedicated in 2009), the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (announced in 2005, dedicated in 2009), the Brigham City Utah Temple (announced in 2009, dedicated in 2012), the Payson Utah Temple (announced in 2010, dedicated in 2015), the Provo City Center Temple (announced in 2011, dedicated in 2016), Cedar City Utah Temple (announced in 2013, dedicated in 2017), the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple (announced in 2017), the Layton Utah Temple (announced in 2018), the Red Cliffs Utah Temple (located in St. George) (announced in 2018), the Deseret Peak Utah Temple (located in Tooele) (announced in 2019), the Orem Utah Temple (announced in 2019), the Taylorsville Utah Temple (announced in 2019), the Syracuse Utah Temple (announced in 2020), and the Lindon Utah Temple (announced in 2020).


MainTour said...

I believe you uncategorized HorsHam Paulo and Guatemala City temples. Both of those are large metropolitan areas with lots of stakes and a long drive time to the existing temple.on the opposite side of the city. It was previously reported by others in the forum that some of the stakes to be impacted had a commute of up to five hours. To me both temp!we are urgently needed.

The Spencers said...

Wow, I didn't realize Mexico had 8 temples dedicated in the year 2000 and a total of 11 temples dedicated from 1999 to 2002. President Hinckley and the brethren were extremely busy traveling in the year 2000.

Eduardo said...

Great stuff, thanks.

Jim Anderson said...

They are reorganizing multiple stakes in the west end of Boise and including Meridian, and areas west, they have described this as having been made necessary because of growth in the west end of the Boise metro. Involved both ward creations and dissolutions. One of the stakes is directly north of the Boise temple and may or may not include it, Cole Road is one ward boundary.

Eduardo said...
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Eduardo said...

Great stuff, thanks.

Eduardo said...

Removing or deleting a comment still leaves the marker, so I apologize for triple tapping. This has been good to chew on.

Living to be temple worthy and reuniting with our ancestors is such a great thing, and tracking the progress is so amazing.

Keep your shoulder to the wheel and drive on.

So many misunderstand the purpose of temple work and the money, resources, and time spent maintaining them, but one day more will learn, and we will see if we were missing out or not.

Go to the temple and save our family, as much as possible. Go to the old ones, the new ones...

Jim Anderson said...

The things they look at when preparing temples for announcement, and heard this from one who was serving in leadership, and this was four or five years before the Tucson temple was announced, and this was 4 years or so before the announcement.

1. Attendance at sacrament meetings.
2. Current recommend holders in a given area.
3. Utilization of nearby temples (attendance) that may be close enough for regular travel between that area and where there is already a temple.

And a few other factors. Maybe enough members in the local pool to draw from to be workers in the new temple, maybe some others, only those first three seem to be certain.

Eric S. said...

Groundbreaking announced for the Tallahassee Florida Temple:

John Pack Lambert said...

I have to wonder if in Singapore it has reached a point where the lack of a temple there poses a strong incentive for dedicated members to chose to move elsewhere.

John Pack Lambert said...

The 9 states of the US getting temples announced is either equal to or 1 less than the number of states that had a temple operating or announced when I was born in October 1980.

I know that Hawai'i, California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Maryland had temples, so 6 states. When I was born Seattle was just a few months from dedication. Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta may have been announced by then. So I think that gives us 10 states with temples announced. So I guess 1 more than the total number of states with new temples announced at this conferemce.

John Pack Lambert said...

Interesting LA and Idaho Falls temples were announced the same year but dedicated 11 years apart.

John Pack Lambert said...

Why do the Mexican Temples not rate having their announcement dates listed. At first I thought it was because there were so many of them. However there are almost twice as many temples for Utah and yet they all rate having their dates of announcement listed.

James G. Stokes said...

JPL, the announcement dates are only listed for the new Utah temples that are currently under construction or have been announced. Mexico only has the Puebla temple currently under construction, dicso Puebla is the only one with an announcement date noted. It has nothing to do with Utah temples being more notable than Mexican temples and everything to do with the number of temples under construction in Utah vs. the number of temples under construction in Mexico. If other Mexican temples are announced while Puebla, Torreon, and Queretaro still remain under construction (not yet dedicated), I'm sure the information released here will reflect that. Similarly, once each of the Utah temples is dedicated, only their dedication dAtes will be listed. For dedicated temples, the date of dedication is far more pertinent than the date of announcement. Simple as that.

Tyler Alley said...

It seems like He is bringing the temples closer and closer to us with the hope that we will come closer and closer to Him. I wonder does a temple contributes to membership growth within the immediate area that they are dedicated at? I imagine that they would increase the temple attendance of those who live the closest nearby (i.e. the travel cost of attending just went down). It seems like a chicken and an egg problem: did increased faith come before or after the temple was dedicated? Regardless, He is definitely hastening His work in this aspect!

twinnumerouno said...


I just looked up the temples you mentioned. Seattle was dedicated in November 1980, Atlanta was announced in April 1980, and Chicago and Dallas were both announced in April 1981. So actually there were only 8 states with temples announced when you were born.

James G. Stokes said...

Sorry. There was an unintentional typo in my prior comment. The sentence in question in my last commentt should have read as follows: "Mexico only has the Puebla temple currently under construction, so Puebla is the only one with an announcement date noted." I apologize for the error. Lately, the cursor in my computer has periodically been jumping around. Thanks.

John Pack Lambert said...

So the number of states that got temples announced this month exceeds the number of states with temples announced and or dedicated when I was born.

The number of temples announced last month is equal to the number of dedicated temples when President Nelson turned 57. It exceeds the number of total operating and announced temples when President Nelson became general Sunday School president.

John Pack Lambert said...

No the announcement dates above are given for every single temple in Utah.

Daniel Moretti said...

I think the number of temples announced will be lower in October, but still large. I bet on 12-13 additions. Here is my list, in no order, of likely international temples in the coming years (I do not do the same with the United States because the dynamics of choosing locations are totally different):
Culiacan Mexico
Kingston Jamaica OR
Port of Spain Trinidad
Maracaibo Venezuela
Iquitos Peru
João Pessoa Brazil
Ribeirao Preto Brazil
La Paz Bolivia
Vina del Mar Chile
Southern Chile / Bariloche Argentina
Trelew Argentina
Rosario / Santa Fe Argentina
Triple Border ARG / BRA / PAR and surroundings: Foz do Iguaçu, Ciudad del Leste, Posadas, Londrina, Chapecó
Frontier Rio Grande do Sul Brazil / Uruguay: Uruguaiana / Paso de los Libres, Rivera / Livramento, Tacuarembó, Pelotas
Confirmation of the Russian temple in Samara, far from Putin
Tirana Albania
Barcelona, ​​Spain
Monrovia Liberia
Antanarivo Madagascar
Kampala Uganda
+1 in Ghana
+2 in Nigeria
+1 in Congo DR
Ulan Batar Mongolia
Osaka Japan
Christchurch New Zealand
These 26 units can be included in the list in the next 2 years if the frequency of openings remains. Sorry for my ugly english

James G. Stokes said...

JPL, I was obviously mistaken on my previous assertion. In that case, it's probably due to the fact that the global Church headquarters is here in Utah. If that reasoning is also incorrect, then I'd have to defer to Matt as the blog owner to offer a better explanation for that choice.

Unknown said...

João Pessoa Brazil is a good prediction. I didn’t have it on my list, but I think I will add it to the section where I list temples I think will be announced in the next 1-3 years, but probably not the next conference.

John Pack Lambert said...

I am now of the view that San Jose will be the next temple announced for California. San Jose is not U believe the largest metro area without a temple, I believe that distinction is held by Tampa, but it is the largest city in the US without a temple in its metro area. I know some would consider San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland all one metro area but the census does not.

The following is my prediction list for October conference.

Glasgow, Scotland
Bordeaux, France
Hamburg, Germany
Barcelona, Spain
Tirana, Albania
Monrovia, Liberia
Cape Coast, Ghana
Abuja, Nigeria
Somewhere in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, I want Ikot Eyo, but I may be too crazy
Enugu, Nigeria or Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Mbaji-Maya, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Brazzaville, Republic of the Cobgo
Kampala, Uganda
Maputo, Mozambique (I personally think this is still as needed even with Beira announced, the distance is too big)
Antanarivo, Madagascar
Somewhere in the Ha'apai Group, Tonga
2nd temple in Samoa (the country)
2nd in French Polynesia
Wellington, New Zealand
Canberra, Australia
Jakarta, Indonesia
Osaka, Japan
Busan, South Korea
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Puente Arnas, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Resticencia, Argentina
Londrina, Brazil
Joao Pasao, Brazil
Maceo, Brazil
Iquitos, Peru
Piura, Peru
Cuenca, Ecuador
Otavalo, Ecuador
San Sebastion, El Salvador
Kingston, Jamaica
San Jose, California
Couer d'Alaine, Idaho
Nampa, Idaho
Heber City, Utah
North Ogden, Utah
Somewhere in Sevier County, Utah
El Paso, Texas
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Wichita, Kansas
Madison, Wisconsin
Des Moines, Iowa
Springfield, Illinois
Cleveland, Ohio
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Buena Visa, Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia
Knoxville, Tennessee
Jackson, Mississippi
Charlotte, North Carolina
Savannah, Georgia
Tampa, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Augusta, Maine
Sharon, Vermont
Priesthood restoration site, Pennsylvania
Syracuse, New York
OK. I only expect at absolute most 30 this fall, and really would be surprised at more than 25. Since this round was all western US I would like a few in the eastern half of t hff e country.

Johnathan Reese Whiting said...

Speaking of Temples, Brian Olson (who does the 3D renderings of all the Temples on YouTube, just put out a pretty cool article on temple design, history, and renovations (particularly how they relate to Logan's unique history). Check it out:

Johnathan Reese Whiting said...

@Daniel Moretti

Your English is great, brother. Totally understandable. :)

Gary C Williams said...

Have any of you wondered about the possibility of making some of our stake center cultural halls into temples? As little as they are used, couldn't cultural, youth, sports and other activities be held in other buildings while a stake center cultural Hall be converted into a temple? A stage could be dismantled and become a baptistry. Many cultural halls are tall enough to be converted into two stories, and thus into mini temples. Thoughts from anyone? We are in dire need of more temples worldwide. That need will only keep growing. Again, thoughts?

John Pack Lambert said...

I do not think stake center cultural halls are under used. I also am sure they are no where near big enough for a temple.

The factor limiting temple building is not funds held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

During the 1998-2000 book many temples were built on the sites of existing stake centers.

With the Helena Montaba Temp look e announced at about 10,000 square feet we may see another such round.

The temples in Taylorsville and San Juan are being built on sites of existing chapels being demolished.

Another issue is temples are built to much more exacting standards. That is one cause if delays.

Ben H said...

The rendering and site for the Helena Montana temple has been released. It's tiny. Probably doesn't eliminate a temple in Missoula.

James G. Stokes said...

Gary C. Williams, I'm going to answer your question as honestly as I can. We read in the scriptures that a sign of the times will see the temples open night and day. That has already occurred in some cases. Just prior to the pre-pandemic closure of all temples, there were a few that were opened around the clock in the days leading up to the closure of all temples. In the interim, we saw within the last 2-3 years how President Nelson has piloted a series of new designs for smaller temples. Earlier today, as I noted in the threads of another post, the site location and rendering was released for the Helena Montana Temple:

That temple was announced less than 3 weeks ago in General Conference. If the Church is using a concept of a new generation of smaller temples that can be approved and have construction start sooner rather than later, that will likely be a more effective answer for the time being. So on the question of whether stake centers (or other meetinghouses, for that matter) being used as partial places for temple functions, I don't think the Church is there yet. The thing of it is, utilizing that approach would require a rededication of such spaces for temple work anytime it is used for a non-temple function (such as regular Church meetings) to which visitors who might not yet be temple worthy will come.

Aside from that, you have the issue of sufficient staffing. I'm sure there is no shortage of people who would welcome the convenience of being able to participate in temple worship in a facility closer to them. But unless the Church can sufficiently staff a building with enough volunteer workers set apart for that purpose, it probably won't even be on the radar. I am not sure whether things have changed in the 8-9 years since I last served as a temple worker, but at the time I had to discontinue my service as such, our assigned temple (Mount Timpanogos Utah) was short-staffed even on the less busy days, so getting enough assistance on days that were more busy was even more difficult.

I am sure that the Church can work out those logistical issues between now and whenever the time actually arrives to utilize meetinghouse for temple worship, but I don't see that prospect as being on the horizon for at least the next couple of decades, and it probably wouldn't come to fruition within the 2-3 decades following that.

On the other hand, it is much easier for the Church to staff smaller temples like the Helena Montana Temple, which could for the time being operate under a limited schedule with limited hours and just enough people on staff for the smaller needs. Just my own thoughts, but I don't think the Church is any more ready for meetinghouses to convert to temples than they would be to establish a ship for temple worship. That's just my take on your question. Thanks for asking about this.

Eduardo said...

We could turn some ships or buses/trailers into mobile temples. Go to the people, Maintaining control of temple spaces inside a chapel might prove difficult. Although I guess this works by floors in the Manhattan case. I attended there years before the temple conversion, not since.
John PL: the apparent misspelling of Punta Arenas in your list of possible temples is notable to me, because both alternates spell other words and in some cases, other places, even in Chile,
Puente Alto means “High Bridge”, and is a large suburb or comuna southeast of central Santiago. I had two missionary companions from there. One now has children in Utah and the other stayed in Puente Alto, married an Argentine, and had at least 5 children.
Armas usually refers to arms or firearms, so there many cities that have a Plaza de Armas, like a central location named after a fortified area or the military,
Punta Arenas means Sandy Point, more or less.
It should definitely get its own temple, so far from everyone else.

Lorena said...

Could you add on the temple prediction map the Kentville Nova Scotia Temple (less likely), the La Rioja Argentina Temple (less likely), the Posadas Argentina Temple (less likely), the Lincoln Nebraska Temple (less likely), the Venice Italy Temple (less likely), the Springfield Massachussets Temple (less likely) the Leipzig Germany Temple (more likely), and the Paramaribo Suriname Temple (less likely), and switch less to more likely temples on Cancún Mexico, Barcelona Spain, Canberra Australia, Hobart Australia, Milan Italy, Glasgow Scotland and Fairbanks Alaska? I am Iñaki from Buenos Aires Argentina with 11 years old.

Lorena said...

I missed something to say that also could be announced the Davenport Illinois Temple (more likely), the Oporto Portugal Temple (less likely) and the Athens Greece Temple (less likely) and the change from less to more likely for the Rio Branco Brazil Temple, the Puerto Princesa Philippines Temple and the Calabar Nigeria Temple!

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Hallvard Wie said...

It is quite possible that the Gothenburg Sweden stake will be part of the Oslo Norway temple district. At least it is closer than the Stockholm. 3 1/2 hours drive compared to 5 hours drive.