No new Utah temples are announced for the second consecutive general conference.
President Russell M. Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced 18 new temples Sunday afternoon, bringing the total number of existing or planned temples of the faith to 300.
None of the new temples will be built in Utah — the second consecutive general conference at which Nelson announced that he would not add to the list of 28 existing or planned temples in the Beehive State, where the global faith of 16.8 million members is headquartered becomes.
The new structures will all be established in countries where the Church already has at least one temple—Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, United States. Latter-day Saint temples are operating, under renovation, under construction, or announced in 73 countries or territories around the world.
The 18 new temples Nelson announced Sunday are located in:
• Busan, Korea.
• Naga, Philippines.
• Santiago, Philippines.
• Eket, Nigeria.
• Chiclayo, Peru.
• Downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• Londrina, Brazil.
• Ribeirao Prêto, Brazil.
• Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
• Jacksonville, FL.
• Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Thrive, Texas.
• Lonely Mountain, Nev.
• Tacoma, Washington.
• Cuernavaca, Mexico.
• Pachuca, Mexico.
• Toluca, Mexico.
• Tula, Mexico.
The last four on the list are all in the Mexico City area. According to Nelson, the Church “plans to build several temples in select major metropolitan areas where travel time to an existing temple is a significant challenge.”
The number of existing or planned temples worldwide now totals 300—168 are currently operating and 132 are either under construction, in preparation, or under renovation, including the Salt Lake, St. George, and Manti Temples in Utah.
Since taking the helm of the Church, Nelson has announced 118 new temples, nearly 40% of the total.
Latter-day Saints regard temples as “houses of the Lord,” places where devout members participate in the highest rites of their faith, including eternal marriages.
“It’s his house,” Nelson said during the closing session of general conference Sunday afternoon. “It is filled with its power. Let’s never lose sight of what the Lord is doing for us. He makes his temples more accessible. It accelerates the pace at which we build temples. He increases our ability to help gather Israel.
“It also makes it easier for each of us to be spiritually purified,” he added. “I promise that extended time in the temple will bless your life in ways that nothing else can.”
Independent researcher Matt Martinich, who follows church movements at ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com, was correct on two of his top 10 “likeliest” places for a temple to be announced in October general conference. He predicted Santiago/Tuguegarao, Philippines and Tacoma, Washington. He also correctly predicted new temples in Peru and Brazil, but failed to hit the right cities.