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Temple Openings

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byNewsroom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | Aug. 17, 2020

From the Church

is included after the press release. The most recent additions to that list are:

  • Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only
  • • Campinas Brazil Temple (August 24)
  • • Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple (August 24)
  • • Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple (August 24)
  • • Concepción Chile Temple (August 24)
  • • Guatemala City Guatemala Temple (August 24)
  • • Mexico City Mexico Temple (August 24)
  • • Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple (August 24)
  • • Tijuana Mexico Temple (August 24)
  • Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only
  • • Aba Nigeria Temple (August 24)
  • • Accra Ghana Temple (August 24)
  • • Apia Samoa Temple (August 24)
  • • Calgary Alberta Temple (August 24)
  • • Cardston Alberta Temple (August 24)
  • • Draper Utah Temple (August 24)
  • • Edmonton Alberta Temple (August 24)
  • • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (August 24)
  • • Jordan River Utah Temple (August 24)
  • • Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple (August 24)
  • • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple (August 24)
  • • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (August 24)
  • • Paris France Temple (August 24)
  • • Regina Saskatchewan Temple (August 24)
  • • Reno Nevada Temple (August 24)
  • • Rexburg Idaho Temple (August 24)
  • • Star Valley Wyoming Temple (August 24)
  • • Twin Falls Idaho Temple (August 24)
  • • Vancouver British Columbia Temple (August 24)

Temples continue to reopen in a cautious, careful way, in four phases. Temples in Phase 1 and Phase 2 are operating on a limited basis, and with key precautions in place for temple workers and patrons, including: masks worn at all times, very limited numbers of patrons in the temple at a time, minimal staff in the temple, sanitization after each temple ceremony, careful social distancing and seating arrangements, and temperature checks at the entrance (for Phase 2).

The reopening of each temple is based on local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With nine Utah temples already in Phase 2 and another three scheduled for that phase on August 24, it is important to note that temples in Utah are anticipated to be very busy. Priority will be given first to living persons who are to be sealed, next to missionaries currently serving in the field, and then to missionaries who are preparing to depart, based on their departure date.

First Presidency Letter on Temple Reopenings

In a letter sent May 7, 2020, to all Church members, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed their gratitude for the efforts of all those who have worked to address the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“With profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father that He has heard our prayers, we rejoice in announcing a careful, phased reopening of temples,” the First Presidency said. “Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, living husband-and-wife sealing ordinances will be performed in selected temples for members who have been previously endowed.”