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20 More Latter-day Saint Temples to Begin Phase 2

20 More Temples to Begin Phase 2

The Church has announced multiple temples will open for Phase 2 on August 31, 2020. This will bring the number of temples open for Phase 2 to 68. Phase 2  allows for all the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals, with priority given for those who will be sealed. The next priority will be endowments for in-field missionaries (who …

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Church Magazines Will Receive Major Updates By 2021

Church Magazines Will Receive Major Updates By 2021

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today that, beginning in January 2021, the Church will replace its four current magazines with three global magazines: the “Friend” (for children), “For the Strength of Youth” (for youth) and the “Liahona” (for adults).   The current four magazines include three magazines in English—the “Friend” (for children), “New …

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Groundbreakings Announced for Two Utah Temples

Groundbreakings Announced for Two Utah Temples

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreakings for the Taylorsville Utah Temple and the Red Cliffs Utah Temple. Exterior renderings have been released, showing the planned designs of the new temples. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Taylorsville Utah Temple will be held in October 2020.  Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the event. …

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17 Temples Open for Phase 2, Including Utah Temples

How to Watch the Provo City Center Temple Cultural Celebration Live Online

The Church has announced multiple temples will open for Phase 2 on August 17, 2020. This will bring the number of temples open for Phase 2 to 29. Phase 2  allows for all the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals, with priority given for those who will be sealed. The next priority will be endowments for in-field missionaries …

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Some Missionaries Returning to Foreign Assignments, Church Announces

New Ghana Missionary Training Center Completed

In an update released on the Church Newsroom, Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff announced a small number of missionaries have been able to return or go to their original assignments in Europe and Asia. His full statement from August 7, 2020, reads: Over the last several weeks, the Church has been able to send a small number of missionaries to their …

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President Nelson Shares Message of Hope During Ongoing Pandemic

President Nelson Shares Message of Hope During Ongoing Pandemic

President Russell M. Nelson, prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released a message of hope and fortitude in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. President Nelson’s message was posted on social media and detailed the things he has learned throughout the pandemic as well as some of the …

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Significant Changes Made to Church General Handbook

A Look Inside the New General Handbook for Church Leaders and Members

In a news release on July 31, 2020, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published updates to 15 chapters in its General Handbook. Eleven chapters have been updated and four new chapters have been created. To date, 16 of the book’s 38 chapters have been completely reworked, and minor changes have been made to several other chapters as …

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Salt Lake Temple Time Capsule Is Opened 128 Years Later

Salt Lake Temple Time Capsule Is Opened 128 Years Later

The laying of the Salt Lake Temple capstone was a seminal event in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One newspaper account describes “the crush, the enthusiasm, and the widespread interest” occurring on Temple Square on April 6, 1892. A crowd of 30,000 people gathered around the temple, with another 10,000 looking on from nearby streets, building …

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12 Temples Open for Phase 2, More Open for Phase 1

12 Temples Open for Phase 2, More Open for Phase 1

Beginning on July 27, 2020, the following Latter-day Saint temples opened for Phase 2. This phase allows for all temple ordinances for living individuals. They are the first temples to do so since temple reopenings began earlier this summer. They are: Billings Montana Temple Bismarck North Dakota Temple Columbus Ohio Temple Copenhagen Denmark Temple Frankfurt Germany Temple Freiberg Germany Temple …

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