Latter-day Saints are a temple-building people! Throughout the years, prophets have announced temples in new locations in a variety of ways. Since the advent of the radio and television, leadership began to announce temples in General Conference. We’ve gathered ten of the most historic Latter-day Saint temple announcements. Watch them below!
Hong Kong China Temple Announced
President Gordon B. Hinckley announced a temple would be built in Hong Kong, China, on October 3, 1992. It was one of the first temples announced at General Conference and also one of the first we have available to view through the archives. The temple was dedicated in May 1996 and was rededicated in June 2022 after renovations.
The Small Temple Program Announced
In October 1997, President Hinckley announced what would become a vast initiative to build smaller temples in remote areas to allow members to enjoy the blessings of the temple.
30 Small Temples Announced at Once
Just a year after announcing the smaller temple program, President Hinckley announced that 30 temples would be built, though he did not provide the specific locations. It was the largest number of temples announced.
Nauvoo Illinois Temple Announced
Provo City Center Temple Announced After Tragic Fire
After a devastating fire destroyed the Provo Tabernacle, President Thomas S. Monson astonished General Conference viewers when he announced the structure would be rebuilt as the second temple in the city.
Rome Italy Temple Announced
President Monson announced the Rome Italy Temple at General Conference on October 4, 2008. When it was finally completed in 2019, all fifteen apostles and prophets on the earth traveled to Rome for the dedication, a first in the Church’s history.
Russia Temple Announced
President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple to be built in a yet-to-be-determined city in Russia on April 1, 2018. It remains in the planning stages and no city or site has been announced.
Salt Lake Temple Renovation Announced
During a special live stream in April 2019, President Nelson and other leaders revealed major plans to renovate the Salt Lake City Temple. The temple would be closed for four years for the project, which would include stabilizing the temple’s foundations for earthquakes and re-doing the temple grounds.
Shanghai & Dubai Temples Announced
A tearful President Nelson, who has deep ties to China, announced a temple in Shanghai on April 5, 2020. The temple is still in the planning stages and will have strict attendance rules once completed. It will only be for native Chinese members and no non-Chinese citizen will be permitted to enter. He also announced a temple in Dubai.
20 Temples Announced at Once
In the final session of the April 2021 General Conference, President Nelson announced 20 new temples. It was the second-largest announcement of temples at a time and the largest announcement with specific locations.
All temples are historic for the members who live in the area. What temple announcements have meant the most to you?