Church Announces 20 New Temples around the World

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Geoff Openshaw

Geoff Openshaw

President Nelson announced an unprecedented number of new temples at the close of General Conference.

At the conclusion of the April 2021 General Conference, Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced 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

So, uh, that’s a lot. So much to digest! Of course, with so many announced, there’s no way our predictions could have covered them all, but we did see some wins with Kumasi, Belo Horizonte, Singapore, Cape Town, and Smithfield, and we’ve previously gone for Singapore, Oslo, Montana, Grand Junction, and elsewhere. Pretty cool for everyone involved!

We assume many of these will be quite small, given the populations they’ll support or the proximity to other temples.

And yet, still no love for Mongolia!

We’ve updated the article with a rudimentary map showing all 20 locations.

If I may editorialize just a bit, it’s fascinating a temple is going up in Yorba Linda. I grew up in the area, and before the Newport Beach Temple was announced, there was a location in Yorba Linda reportedly visited by President Hinckley for consideration for an Orange County temple. Assuming the Church still owns that site, it’s an obvious location for a Yorba Linda temple, high atop a hill. The funny thing, however, is that this temple would have been in my home stake, but that stake earned the dubious honor of being dissolved earlier this year. Always interesting to get a temple in an area that just lost a stake, and constructing it in an expensive city that is largely inaccessible to young families.

But who cares. Richard Nixon’s library was our only claim to fame before. Now we get a temple!

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