Latter-day Saint prophet announces eight new temples, renovation of pioneer-era structures

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – At the conclusion of the 189th Annual General Conference, Latter-day Saint prophet Russell M. Nelson announced pioneer-era temples will undergo a “major renovation”; He also announced eight new temples to be constructed. 

Details for the renovation of St. George, Utah temple have already been released; Temple Square, the plaza near the Church Office Building and the Salt Lake Temple will be renovated. Plans for those will be revealed April 19, Nelson said. 

The Manti and Logan temples will also be renovated soon. 

Each temple will have to closed for a period of time while it is renovated, Nelson said. 

“When each project is completed, each historic temple will be re-dedicated. We regard a temple as the most sacred structure of the church. As we announce plans to construct a new temple, it becomes part of our sacred history.”

Nelson then asked the congregation not to make any verbal outbursts, and to remain reverent as he announced eight new temples to be constructed. 

The temples will be constructed in Pago Pago, American Samoa; Okinawa City, Okinawa; Neiafu, Tonga; Tooele Valley, Utah; Moses Lake, Washington; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Antofagasta, Chile; and Budapest, Hungary.

“As we speak of our temples old and new, may each of us signify by our actions that we are true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ,” Nelson told members. “May we renovate our lives through our faith and trust in Him. May we access the power of His Atonement by our repentance each day. And may we dedicate and rededicate our lives to serving God and His children—on both sides of the veil.”

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