At the end of the October 2018 General Conference, Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the construction of 12 new temples, located around the world. The temples are in the following locations:
- Mendoza Argentina
- Salvador Brazil
- Yuba City California
- Phnom Penh Cambodia
- Praia Cape Verde
- Puebla Mexico
- Auckland New Zealand
- Lagos Nigeria
- Davao Philippines
- San Juan Puerto Rico
- Washington County Utah
A number of these jive with our recent temple predictions, but Yuba City California totally took us by surprise. Also of interesting note is a temple in Cambodia, with the temple in Thailand only recently announced. However, the Church has grown quite quickly in Cambodia.
Also interesting is a temple in Davao Philippines. Southern Mindanao has a large Islamic population. On top of that, the Church announced a temple in nearby Cagayan de Oro only six months ago.
We’ve floated Puerto Rico in the past, and we’re thrilled to see the Saints of that ravaged island receive the blessings of a temple.
However, let us be sure to mention the jovial mood in the room when President Nelson, clearly aware of the humor in ending on a somewhat less dramatic note, announced a temple in Washington County, Utah. Washington County is adjacent to St. George. While St. George has the first temple in Utah, the population in the area has grown substantially over the past 20 years, and even with a brand new temple in Cedar City, there’s work to be done.
Additionally, President Nelson announced the long-term closures of pioneer era temples in Utah, citing the need for upkeep. This will include the Salt Lake Temple. Details will be announced later. Let’s just hope and pray that the Manti Utah Temple retains its character and live endowment session.