Following the announcement of 13 new temples, the buzz among Latter-day Saints and invited guests leaving the Conference Center centered around the 28th temple coming to Utah.
“The one that stood out was Heber Valley,” said Scott Paswaters, a Salt Lake resident. “I thought that it was a little bit of a surprise, but seeing the growth up there, I guess it all makes sense. And won’t that be beautiful.”
John Carpenter, of Cedar Hills, agreed.
“It seems like every time they announce 10 temples, they add one more in Utah,” Carpenter said. “Heber is particularly a blessing. We’re originally from Kamas and Oakley and Kamas Valley, so Heber is very dear to us. I just thought of the glory of going up the Alpine Loop and going over the Cascade Springs and dropping into Heber Valley like we did yesterday, and feel the miracle of all of that. It’s amazing to see what Heavenly Father’s doing for us as we go forward.”
The Heber Valley Utah Temple was one of 13 new temples announced by President Russell M. Nelson on Sunday at the end of the 191st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Renovation of the Provo Utah Temple was also announced.
The new temples will be built in the following locations:
- Kaohsiung, Taiwan
- Tacloban City, Philippines
- Monrovia, Liberia
- Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Antananarivo, Madagascar
- Culiacán, México
- Vitória, Brazil
- La Paz, Bolivia
- Santiago West, Chile
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Cody, Wyoming
- Rexburg North, Idaho
- Heber Valley, Utah
President Nelson also said that following the dedication of the Orem Utah Temple (ground was broken for it in Sept. 2020), reconstruction will begin on the Provo Utah Temple.
The Church of Jesus Christ now has 265 temples announced, under construction or operating.
How many new temples has President Nelson announced?
President Nelson has now announced 83 new temples in the nearly four years he has served as president of the church.
Before Sunday, President Nelson had announced 70 new temples since becoming the president of the church in 2018.
- Seven in April 2018
- 12 in Oct. 2018
- Eight in April 2019
- Eight in Oct. 2019
- Eight in April 2020
- Six in Oct. 2020
- 20 last April
- One last May
Last April’s announcement of 20 temples is the most temple locations ever announced at one time. President Gordon B. Hinckley announced plans to construct as many as 32 new temples at the April 1998 general conference but did not list specific locations.
Reaction to temple news
Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter was watching the end of general conference with some friends when she heard the announcement.
“My thought was ‘Wow,’” Potter said. “There’s always rumors going around about things like that, and I’ve heard for years that someday there’ll be a temple here. I certainly wasn’t expecting it. So it was very exciting.”
The mayor believes the new temple is a good sign of future growth and prosperity.
“I’m sure it will bring a lot of people to the city,” Potter said of her initial reaction. “I’ve gotten several texts from friends, both in Heber and outside, just excited. It’s all, ‘Where where’s it going to be? Do you have any idea?’ And I said, ‘I have no idea.’ There’s a buzz going around.”
Leaving the Conference Center, Kyle Holden, of Sandy, Utah, noted that there were 20 new temples last conference and 13 more means greater temple access for Latter-day Saints in rural areas.
“What a wonderful blessing for the church and members around the world,” Holden said. “It goes back to President (Gordon B.) Hinckley saying years ago of getting temples where people can access them. ... Those in the Congo, the Philippines, Madagascar, what a wonderful addition, for places where people have had to save their whole lives to get to a temple. Now they don’t have to stress as much.”
Audrey Eyring, granddaughter to President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, cheered for another temple in Rexburg, Idaho. Her friend, Tanner Wilkins, was thrilled to see another temple coming to the Philippines, where he served as a missionary.
“We’re really excited about Rexburg,” Eyring said. “We were wondering where the temple is going to be built. Rexburg is pretty small but that’s so exciting for them to get another temple.”
Learn more about the new temple locations
The following information is provided by the church’s Newsroom site:
Located in southern Taiwan, Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s third most populous city, with more than 2.75 million residents. The Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple will be Taiwan’s second sacred building. The country’s first house of the Lord, the Taipei Taiwan Temple, was dedicated in 1984. Today, there are more than 61,000 Latter-day Saints who attend around 110 congregations across the special municipality.
Tacloban City, Philippines
There are more than 805,000 Latter-day Saints in over 1,225 congregations in the Philippines. Tacloban is in the Eastern Visayas region of the country. The city was hit by a deadly typhoon in 2013, but Latter-day Saints and their friends came together to rebuild homes and revitalize the area. This will be the eighth temple in the country. There are two operating temples in the Philippines and five others announced or under construction. The first temple in Manila was dedicated in 1984, and the temple in Cebu City was dedicated in 2010. The other temples are Alabang (under construction), Bacolod (announced), Cagayan de Oro (announced), Davao (under construction) and Urdaneta (under construction).
This will be the first temple in Liberia. The country has around 15,000 Latter-day Saints and more than 50 congregations. Monrovia is a coastal city and the capital of Liberia. Missionary work began in the country in 1987.
Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
This will be the third temple in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Other temples announced or in operation are the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple and the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple. The first missionaries in the country arrived in 1986. The country is now home to more than 68,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 200 congregations.
Madagascar is home to nearly 13,000 Latter-day Saints in over 40 congregations. The Antananarivo Madagascar Temple will be the first temple in the country. Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar and home to more than 1.4 million people. The Church has been in Madagascar since 1993.
This will be the 17th temple in the country. Culiacán, officially Culiacán Rosales, is a city in northwestern Mexico and has a population of around 850,000 people. Mexico is home to 1.5 million Latter-day Saints and around 1,850 congregations, more than any other country outside the United States. Missionary work opened in Mexico in 1875. The other temples in Mexico comprise the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple, Colonia Juárez Chihuahua 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, Tampico Mexico Temple, Tijuana Mexico Temple, Torreón Mexico Temple, Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple, Veracruz Mexico Temple and Villahermosa Mexico Temple.
Vitória is the capital of the state of Espírito Santo. It is located on a small island within a bay where several rivers meet the sea in southeast Brazil. The coastal community has two major ports. The temple in Vitória will be the 14th announced temple for Brazil, with dedicated temples located in Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo. One temple is completed and preparing to be dedicated in Rio de Janeiro; three are under construction in Belém, Brasília and Salvador; and others have been announced in Belo Horizonte and São Paulo East.
La Paz, Bolivia
This will be the third temple in Bolivia, where there are more than 212,000 members. The Cochabamba Bolivia Temple was dedicated in 2000 by President Gordon B. Hinckley, and the Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson in 2020. The temple will serve members in the cities of La Paz and El Alto, where the Church has seen significant growth.
Santiago West, Chile
The Santiago West Chile Temple will be the country’s fourth temple. The Santiago Chile Temple was dedicated 1983 and the Concepción Chile Temple in 2018. The Antofagasta Chile Temple is under construction. There are more than 600,000 Latter-day Saints in Chile in over 500 congregations. Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile with a population of nearly 7 million residents.
Fort Worth, Texas
The Fort Worth Texas Temple will be the sixth temple for The Lone Star State. There are more than 360,000 Latter-day Saints in Texas. Fort Worth, located west of Dallas in north central Texas in the United States, is historically known for its cattle trade. Other Texas temples are the neighboring Dallas Texas Temple, Houston Texas Temple, Lubbock Texas Temple, San Antonio Texas Temple and McAllen Texas Temple (under construction). Missionary work began in Texas in 1843.
One in every nine residents of Wyoming, or approximately 68,000 people, claim membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This will be the state’s third temple. Other temples are the Casper Wyoming Temple and Star Valley Wyoming Temple. Wyoming has a significant place in the history of the Church, as pioneers traveled across the state in their westward migration to Utah, primarily from the 1840s to the 1860s. Cody is on the northwestern corner of Wyoming near the border of Montana in the United States.
Rexburg North, Idaho
The Rexburg North Idaho Temple will be the eighth temple in Idaho. Idaho is home to more than 460,000 members of the Church in nearly 1,200 congregations. Early Church pioneers settled in Idaho in 1855. Several Church presidents are natives of Idaho, including Presidents Harold B. Lee, Ezra Taft Benson and Howard W. Hunter. Other temples in the state comprise the Twin Fall Idaho Temple, Boise Idaho Temple, Burley Idaho Temple, Idaho Falls Temple, Meridian Idaho Temple, Pocatello Idaho Temple and Rexburg Idaho Temple.
Heber Valley, Utah
Heber Valley is in Utah’s Wasatch County, about 40 miles from Salt Lake City. The rural mountain valley is close to world-renowned ski resorts and several state parks. The temple in Heber Valley will be the 28th temple in Utah either in operation, renovation, under construction or announced. The other 27 temples comprise the Bountiful, Brigham City, Cedar City, Deseret Peak, Draper, Ephraim, Jordan River, Layton, Lindon, Logan, Manti, Monticello, Mount Timpanogos, Ogden, Oquirrh Mountain, Orem, Payson, Provo City Center, Provo, Red Cliffs, Salt Lake, Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, St. George, Syracuse, Taylorsville and Vernal Utah Temples.