"We want to bring temples closer to the growing membership of the Church," he said. President Nelson. "My dear brothers and sisters, the construction of these temples can not change your life, but your time in the temple surely will. In that spirit, I bless you to identify those things that you can set aside so you can spend more time in the temple. I bless you with greater harmony and love in your homes and a deeper desire to care for your eternal family relationships. I bless you with greater faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a greater ability to follow Him as His true disciples. "
These seven announced temples bring the total number of operating temples (159) and temples announced or under construction (30) to 189 throughout the world. There are three temples scheduled for dedication, which include the Temple of Concepcion Chile (28 October), the Temple of Barranquilla Colombia (December 9) and the Temple of Rome, Italy (10-17 March of 2019). He Jordan River Utah Temple the 20 of May will be rededicated, and the Houston Texas Temple , which needed interior repairs due to floods last year, will be rededicated on April 22. Nine temples are being renovated, including the Asunción Temple Paraguay , the Temple Baton Rouge Louisiana , Frankfurt Temple Germany , Temple of Memphis Tennessee , Temple of Oakland California , Temple of Oklahoma City Oklahoma , Temple ofRaleigh North Carolina , Temple of Tokyo Japan y Temple of Washington DC . The temples of Arizona Table y Hamilton New Zealand are scheduled for closure this year for renewal. The temples in renovation are considered operative temples.
When the Temple of Salta Argentina is built and dedicated, Argentina will have three temples. He Temple of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the 39º temple in operation of the Church and was dedicated in 1986, while the Temple of Córdoba, Argentina, It is the 145º operating temple and was dedicated in 2015. Argentina hosts approximately 450,000 Latter-day Saints in a country of 44 million inhabitants.
In this nation of over 1.3 billions of people, there are 43 congregations of Latter-day Saints and approximately 13,500 members of the Church. The mission of Bangalore (now known as Bengaluru) was created in 1993. The first stake (a group of congregations) in India was organized in Hyderabad in May of 2012 by the president Dallin H. Oaks. The president of the Church, Russell M. Nelson, together with the elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Bangalore will visit the 19 in April as part of their world ministerial tour.
This will be the first temple in Nicaragua, a home of almost 100,000 Latter-day Saints. Members of the Church in this country of more than 6 millions of people currently travel to neighboring countries as Costa Rica , El Salvador y Honduras to participate in the temple service.
With this announcement, the Philippines will have five temples announced or dedicated, including Cebu City, Manila (2) y Urdaneta . There are approximately 750,000 Latter-day Saints in this country of more than 103 million people.
As the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah has 2,1 millions of members of the Church in a state of 3,1 million people. There are 17 operating temples in Utah, including Bountiful , Brigham City , Cedar City , Draper , Logan , Jordan River, Manti , Monticello , Mount Timpanogos , Ogden , Oquirrh Mountain , Payson , Provo City Center , Provo , St. George , salt Lake y Vernal . The Temple of the Jordan River has completed an extensive interior renovation and the 20 of 2018 is scheduled for re-dedication. The Temple of Saratoga was announced at the April general conference of 2017. The Layton Temple, Utah, will be the 19 in Utah.
The missionaries arrived in Virginia at the beginning of the 1840 decade, and at 1841 some 80 members of the Church were in Virginia. Today, Virginia is home to almost 100,000 Latter-day Saints. This will be the first state temple.
The Church had its first presence in Russia at the end of the 19th century and was officially recognized in May by 1991. The first stake in Russia was organized in Moscow in June of 2011 by the Elder Russell M. Nelson. Russia is home to more than 23,000 Latter-day Saints.
About the temples
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the "house of the Lord," the holiest places on earth. The temples differ from the meeting centers or chapels where everyone is welcome to attend Sunday worship services. In the temple, the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through the marriage , the bautismo and other ceremonies that unite families for eternity.