In an interview with the Church News staff on Dec. 5, 1978, President Spencer W. Kimball commented, "We will continue to build temples, and there will be hundreds, possibly thousands of temples."
In a press conference April 2, 1980, President Kimball announced six new temples of a size compatible to the circumstances and membership in other countries. In April 1981, nine more temples were announced; in March 1982, four more; in October 1982, one more; and in April 1984, five more.During the 1980s, nine temples were dedicated in the United States, five in Latin America, four in the Pacific, four in Asia, two in Europe, one in Scandinavia and one in South Africa - making a total of 26 temples dedicated during the decade.
Today, 43 temples are in operation. Work is progressing on two more in Toronto, Ontario, and San Diego, Calif., while two others in Bogota, Colombia, and Guayaquil, Ecuador, are awaiting groundbreaking.
Temple work also progressed. A milestone was reached in August 1988, when the cumulative total of 100 million endowments for the dead was reached. An estimated 48 million were completed during the decade.