"If we will be united, as the heart of one man, and that general union of spirit, of mind, be fastened upon the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall draw down celestial intelligence by the Spirit of God, or by the angels, that surround the throne of The Most High." Orson Hyde Journal Of Discourses, Volume 1 : Page 126
SALT LAKE CITY3 October 2009
Plans to build
five new temples were announced today by President
Thomas S. Monson, worldwide leader of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the Church’s 179th
Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City.
With 130 temples currently operating and with another 16 in
some phase of planning or construction, these five temples
bring the worldwide total to 151.
President Thomas S. Monson announcing five new temples
The locations of
the new temples will be Brigham City, Utah;
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida;
and Sapporo, Japan. The
exact temple sites will be made known at a later date.
Brigham City will
be home to Utah’s 14th temple. Two Utah temples were
dedicated earlier this year: the Draper Utah Temple,
dedicated in March, and the Oquirrh Mountain Temple,
dedicated in August.
Chile, temple will be the second temple in Chile. The first,
the Santiago Chile Temple, was dedicated by President Gordon
B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency, in
September 1983. There are currently 14 temples operating in
South America, with another three announced and in some
phase of construction.
currently five operating temples in Brazil. In May 2007 the
Church announced plans to build a temple in Manaus, Brazil,
making a temple in Fortaleza, Brazil, the seventh in that
country. There are now over 1,060,000 members of the Church
The temple in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida, will serve members living throughout
South Florida, as well as in the Bahamas. There are
currently eight temples in the southeastern part of the
temple will become the third in Japan and the sixth in Asia.
Dedicated in October 1980, the Tokyo Japan Temple was the
first temple in Asia. The Fukuoka Temple was dedicated in
June 2000 and became the eighty-eighth Temple worldwide.
differ from ordinary church buildings where members
typically meet for Sunday worship services, midweek classes
and activities. There are thousands of such chapels
throughout the world, all open to visitors.
For members of
the Church, temples
are the most sacred places on earth. They are used
solely for the performance of sacred ceremonies such as
marriage and for religious instruction aimed at
strengthening members’ relationships with God and their
fellow man. Temples provide a place of holiness and peace,
separate from the preoccupations of the world, where Church
members make formal promises and commitments to God.
temples has been a part of Latter-day Saint history since
the earliest days of the Church. Church founder Joseph Smith built
temples in Kirtland, Ohio, and Nauvoo, Illinois.
Within days of
the Mormon pioneers’ arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, Joseph
Smith’s successor, Brigham
Young, announced the location for the Salt Lake Temple
and construction began shortly thereafter. While the Salt
Lake Temple, took 40 years to complete, most temples today
are finished within three to five years.