15 New Temples Announced During April 2024 General Conference

15 New Temples Announced During April 2024 General Conference

As all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knows, General Conference is full of inspiring and uplifting messages. And there’s also the potential for exciting announcements to members around the world. And this spring’s conference was no exception. Along with a weekend full of testimonies of Christ, the Gospel and missionary work, President Nelson also announced 15 new temples!

The 15 new temples, in no particular order, will be located in:

  • Yuma, Arizona
  • Houston Texas South Area
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • West Jordan, Utah
  • Lehi, Utah
  • Uturoa, French Polynesia
  • Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Rosario, Argentina
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Brisbane Australia South Area
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Maracaibo, Venezuela

In just over six years since President Nelson became President of the Church in January 2018, he has announced 168 new temples! Today he said, “Here is my promise. Nothing will help you more to hold fast to the iron rod than worshipping in the temple as regularly as your circumstances permit. Nothing will protect you more as you encounter the world’s mists of darkness. Nothing will bolster your testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement or help you understand God’s magnificent plan more. Nothing will soothe your spirit more during times of pain. Nothing will open the heavens more. Nothing! The temple is the gateway to the greatest blessings God has for each of us.”

These 15 new temples will bring the total number of temples that are operating, under construction, or announced to 350 temples around the world. There are currently 181 temples in operation, 52 under construction, 8 undergoing renovations, and 109 announced.

At this time of this writing there are three temples in the United States that are scheduled to be dedicated this year, and there will most likely be additional temple dedications announced as the year continues. The temples that will be dedicated this year are the Taylorsville Utah Temple (dedication June 2), Layton Utah Temple (dedication June 16), and Casper Wyoming Temple (dedication October 13). The Manti Utah Temple will also be rededicated later this month, on April 21, now that it’s renovations have been completed and the open house came to a close last week.

Construction continues for numerous temples across the country and the world, many of which are getting close to completion. Other temples in the country that are also undergoing renovations, but have not been scheduled for rededication, include the San Diego Temple, the Manhattan Temple, the Provo Temple, the Anchorage Temple, the Kona Temple, and of course the Salt Lake Temple, whose renovations won’t be completed until 2026. We, as temple photographers, look forward to getting new pictures of these new and rededicated temples!

And finally, here is some additional information about the locations of each of the new temples, in no particular order:

Yuma, Arizona

The Yuma Arizona Temple will be the seventh temple in Arizona. Beginning in the 1850s, Latter-day Saints occasionally traveled from the Utah Territory to preach the restored gospel and to explore the possibility of permanent settlements in Arizona. The Mesa Arizona Temple, the first in Arizona, was dedicated in October 1927. There are more than 440,000 Latter-day Saints in the state in around 925 congregations.

Houston Texas South Area

This will be the second temple in the greater Houston area. The Houston Texas Temple was dedicated in August 2000. Church growth in Texas has been rapid in recent decades with 210,000 members in 2000 and more than 385,000 members today and around 750 congregations. This temple will be the state’s ninth.

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines is the capital and most populous city in the state of Iowa, with more than 200,000 residents. This Midwest U.S. state is home to more than 29,000 Latter-day Saints in about 70 congregations. The Des Moines Iowa Temple is the first temple in the state.

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Ohio Temple will be the third temple in Ohio. Kirtland, Ohio (located near Cleveland), served as an important center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1830s, where a temple was built but left behind as the Church relocated. Community of Christ recently transferred ownership of the temple on March 5, 2024. Today, Ohio is home to nearly 65,000 Latter-day Saints in nearly 130 congregations.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is situated on Oahu’s southwest shore and is the capital of Hawaii and most populous city in the state.  The Honolulu Hawaii Temple will be the fourth in the island state. Oahu is home to Church-owned Brigham Young University–Hawaii and the popular tourist attraction known as the Polynesian Cultural Center. Today, approximately 75,000 Latter-day Saints make up around 145 congregations in the state of Hawaii.

West Jordan, Utah

The West Jordan Utah Temple will be the 29th temple in Utah either in operation, under renovation, construction or announced. West Jordan is a suburb of Salt Lake City on the southwest side of the Salt Lake Valley.

Lehi, Utah

Lehi is home to Utah’s growing technology region, known as Silicon Slopes. The Lehi Utah Temple in northern Utah County will be the 30th temple in Utah. In 1850, pioneers originally settled in this city, which today has more than 85,000 residents. Utah, the Church’s world headquarters, is home to nearly 2.2 million Latter-day Saints, or nearly two-thirds of the state’s population, in more than 5,400 congregations.

Uturoa, French Polynesia

The Uturoa French Polynesia Temple will be the second house of the Lord in French Polynesia. The Papeete Tahiti Temple was dedicated in 1983 and was rededicated in 2006 following an expansion. In 1843, missionaries set sail from the North Atlantic to Tahiti. The Prophet Joseph Smith and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles called four missionaries to take the gospel “unto the islands of the sea” in the Pacific. The Pacific Area is celebrating the 180th anniversary of the missionaries’ arrival this month. There are nearly 30,000 Latter-day Saints in nearly 100 congregations in French Polynesia.

Chihuahua, Mexico

The Chihuahua Mexico Temple will be the 25th temple in Mexico. The preaching of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ began in Mexico during the 1870s. In 1961, a stake (similar to a diocese) was organized in Mexico City and a temple was dedicated in 1983. Mexico is home to over 1.5 million Latter-day Saints in more than 1,875 congregations.

Florianópolis, Brazil

The Florianópolis Brazil Temple will be the 23rd house of the Lord operating, under construction or announced in the country. Today, there are nearly 1.5 million Latter-day Saints in Brazil (more than any other country aside from the United States and Mexico) in approximately 2,175 congregations.

Rosario, Argentina

The Rosario Argentina Temple will be the seventh in Argentina. Others under construction, announced or in operation are in Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires City Center, Córdoba, Mendoza, and Salta. The Salta Argentina Temple will be dedicated on June 16, 2024, by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Argentina, where two German immigrants began preaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in 1923, is home to more than 480,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 725 congregations.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Edinburgh Scotland Temple will be the first temple in Scotland and the fourth in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom, comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is home to around 185,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 300 congregations.

Brisbane Australia South Area

It will be the second temple in Brisbane, following the dedication of the Brisbane Australia Temple in June 2003, and the sixth in the country. Other temples are the Adelaide Australia Temple, Melbourne Australia Temple, Perth Australia Temple and Sydney Australia Temple. The first congregation was organized in Australia in 1844, followed by a mission created in 1851. In the 1960s, stakes (similar to a diocese) were organized in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. They were among the first organized outside of North America. Today, there are more than 155,000 Church members in more than 300 congregations in the country.

Victoria, British Columbia

Missionary service in Canada began in the early 1830s with the organization of the Church in upstate New York and in close proximity to the Canadian border. Canada is home to more than 200,000 Latter-day Saints in nearly 500 congregations.

Maracaibo, Venezuela

The Maracaibo Venezuela Temple will be the second in the country. The Caracas Venezuela Temple was one of many temples dedicated by Church President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) in 2000. Venezuela is home to more than 175,000 Latter-day Saints spread over 230 congregations. In the early 1960s, U.S. expatriates working in Venezuela held Church meetings in their homes until 1966, when the first official congregation was organized. The first Venezuelan Latter-day Saint was baptized in 1967.