The Prophet Announces 17 New Temples
In his closing remarks to the April 2022 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build 17 new temples around the world. They will be built at the following locations:
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
- Barcelona, Spain
- Birmingham, United Kingdom
- Cuzco, Peru
- Maceio, Brazil
- Santos, Brazil
- San Luis Potosi, Mexico
- Mexico City Benemerito, Mexico
- Tampa, Florida
- Knoxville, TN
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Wichita, Kansas
- Austin, TX
- Missoula, Montana
- Montpelier, Idaho
- Modesto, California
“Positive spiritual momentum increases as we worship in the temple and grow in our understanding of the magnificent breadth and depth of the blessings we receive there,” the Prophet said. “I plead with you to counter the ways of the world by focusing on the eternal blessings of the temple. Your stay there brings blessings for eternity.
President Nelson announced 100 new temples since becoming Church leader in 2018. With this latest announcement, the Church now has a total of 282 temples worldwide in operation, under construction or renovation, or announced. .
Learn more below about the Church in each of the new temple locations.
Wellington, New Zealand
It will be the third temple in New Zealand and the first temple in the South Island. The Auckland New Zealand Temple is under construction and the Hamilton New Zealand Temple is being renovated. The first New Zealand converts to the Church of Jesus Christ were baptized in 1853. Soon after, missionary work began, including among Maori. About 115,000 Latter-day Saints live in New Zealand.
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Congo. The Republic of Congo, not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo, has over 8,000 members in 29 congregations. The Church has been present in the country since 1990. It will be the nation’s first temple. The temple there will make access to the house of the Lord much easier for members of this Central African nation. The Church is growing rapidly throughout the region. There are three temples in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the first temple dedicated in Kinshasa (DRC) three years ago and two additional temples in the DRC announced since then. The Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was announced in April 2020 and the Kananga Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was announced in October 2021. The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was dedicated in April 2019.
There are over 61,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ in Spain. It will be the second temple in Spain. The Madrid Spain Temple was dedicated in 1999. The first Spanish Latter-day Saint joined the Church around 1870. The Church was recognized by the Spanish government in 1968 when missionary work officially began in the country . Today the Church has approximately 135 congregations in Spain.
There are over 190,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ in the UK. A temple in Birmingham will be the third in Britain. The London England Temple was the first (dedicated 1958), followed by the Preston England Temple (dedicated 1998). Missionaries arrived in England in 1837, just seven years after the establishment of the Church. England is home to the Church’s oldest continuous congregation. Today the Church has 325 congregations in the UK.
The Cusco Peru Temple will be the fifth temple in Peru. The country is home to approximately 625,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 775 congregations. Cusco is in the southeastern part of the country and was the capital of the Inca Empire. The first missionaries arrived in the country in 1956. More than 32 million people live in Peru. Other temples in operation or under construction include the Arequipa Temple in Peru, the Lima Temple in Peru, the Trujillo Temple in Peru and Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple.
Maceió is the capital and largest city of the coastal state of Alagoas, Brazil. Many tourists visit this port city to see its natural attractions and enjoy its cultural diversity. There are 1.5 million Latter-day Saints in Brazil in more than 2,100 congregations. The Temple of Maceio will be the 15th temple announced for Brazil, with dedicated temples located in Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo. One temple (Rio de Janeiro) is completed and is preparing to be dedicated by Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on May 8, 2022. Three more temples are under construction in Belém, Brasilia, and Salvador. Additional temples have been announced in Belo Horizonte, eastern São Paulo and Vitória.
Santos is a port city in the southeast of the state of São Paulo. There are 1.5 million Latter-day Saints in Brazil in more than 2,100 congregations. The Santos Temple will be the 16th temple announced for Brazil, with dedicated temples located in Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo. One temple (in Rio de Janeiro) is complete and is preparing to be dedicated by Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on May 8, 2022. Three more temples are under construction in Belém, Brasilia, and Salvador. Additional temples have been announced in Belo Horizonte, east of São Paulo, Maceio (announced today) and Vitória.
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
San Luis Potosí is the capital and most populous city of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, in central Mexico. It is one of the main industrial centers of the region. Over one million people reside in the area, making it one of the largest metropolitan centers in Mexico. It will be the 18th temple in the country. The other 17 temples in Mexico are Temple Ciudad Juárez Mexico, Temple Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico, Temple Culiacán Mexico, Temple Guadalajara Mexico, Temple Hermosillo Sonora Mexico, Temple Mérida Mexico, Temple Mexico City Mexico, Temple Monterrey Mexico City, Oaxaca Temple Mexico, Puebla Temple Mexico, Querétaro Temple Mexico, Tampico Temple Mexico, Tijuana Temple Mexico, Torreón Temple Mexico, Tuxtla Gutiérrez Temple Mexico, Veracruz Temple Mexico and Temple from Villahermosa in Mexico.
Mexico City Benemerito, Mexico
This will be the 19th temple in Mexico and the second in Mexico City. The grounds of Benemérito have a rich history for Mexican Latter-day Saints. Founded in 1964 by the Church of Jesus Christ, El Centro Escolar Benemérito de las Américas was a high school until 2013 when it was converted to serve as a missionary training center for Spanish-speaking missionaries. The campus is located approximately 10 miles from the Mexico City Temple. Nearly 9 million people reside in Mexico City, making it one of the largest cities in Latin America. The country is home to 1.5 million Latter-day Saints in more than 1,800 congregations. Missionary work began in Mexico in 1875. The other 18 temples in Mexico are Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple, Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple, Culiacán Mexico Temple, Guadalajara Mexico Temple, Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple, Mérida Mexico Temple , Mexico City Mexico Temple, Monterrey Mexico Temple, Oaxaca Mexico Temple, Puebla Mexico Temple, Querétaro Mexico Temple, San Luis Potosí (announced today), Tampico Mexico Temple, Tijuana Temple in Mexico, Temple of Torreón in Mexico, Temple of Tuxtla Gutiérrez in Mexico, Temple of Veracruz in Mexico and Temple of Villahermosa in Mexico.
Located in central Florida, the Tampa Florida Temple will be the fourth in the state. There are more than 160,000 Latter-day Saints and some 260 congregations in the state. Other temples in operation or under construction include the Orlando Florida Temple, the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple, and the Tallahassee Florida Temple.
Knoxville is located on the Tennessee River in the eastern part of the state. The Knoxville Temple will be the third for the Southeast State. The first, the Memphis Tennessee Temple, and the second, the Nashville Tennessee Temple, were dedicated in 2000. Missionary work began in 1834. Today there are approximately 53,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 100 congregations of Tennessee.
Cleveland is located along the south shore of Lake Erie and is about 20 miles from the first Church temple in Kirtland. The Kirkland Temple was dedicated in 1836 and the property is owned by the Community of Christ. This will be the second temple in the state. The Columbus Ohio Temple was dedicated in September 1999. There are more than 6,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 125 congregations in Ohio.
This will be the first temple in the state. There are more than 38,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 75 congregations in Kansas, a state near the center of the United States. Wichita is the most populous city in the state. Missionaries first taught Shawnee and Delaware natives in the Kansas area in 1831. The first branch (a small congregation) was organized in 1882 in the central part of the state, east of Salina.
The Austin Texas Temple will be the seventh temple in the Lone Star State. There are more than 362,000 Latter-day Saints in Texas. Austin is the state capital of Texas. Other temples in Texas are Dallas Texas Temple, Fort Worth Texas Temple, Houston Texas Temple, Lubbock Texas Temple, San Antonio Texas Temple, and McAllen Texas Temple. Missionary work began in Texas in 1843. In 1898 land was purchased that eventually became Kelsey’s East Texas Colony, consisting of 300 Church members.
Montana, located in the western United States and bordering Canada, is home to more than 50,000 Latter-day Saints and more than 125 congregations. The Missoula Montana Temple will be the third temple in the state. The first, Billings Montana Temple, was dedicated in November 1999. Helena Montana Temple was announced in April 2021.
Montpelier, Idaho is a community of approximately 2,500 people located just north of Bear Lake along Idaho’s southeast border. The first pioneers of the Church settled in Idaho in 1855. Several Presidents of the Church hailed from Idaho, including Presidents Harold B. Lee, Ezra Taft Benson, and Howard W. Hunter. Other temples in the state are Twin Falls Idaho Temple, Boise Idaho Temple, Burley Idaho Temple, Idaho Falls Temple, Meridian Idaho Temple, Pocatello Idaho Temple, Rexburg Idaho Temple, and Rexburg North Idaho Temple.
Modesto (modest in Spanish) is known for its rich agricultural history. This will be the 10th temple in California. This Central Valley town is the county seat and largest city in Stanislaus County. California has more than 755,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 1,200 congregations. Other temples in the state are the Feather River, Fresno, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Oakland, Redlands, Sacramento, San Diego, and Yorba Linda temples.