Saturday, October 1, 2011

LDS Church announces Five new temples

President Monson announced that the Provo Utah Tabernacle, which was heavily damaged by fire last December, will be rebuilt to function as a temple, giving that city two temples. He noted that the Provo temple is among the busiest in the Church.

Other temples will be built in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Durban, South Africa; Barranquilla, Colombia and Star Valley, Wyoming. President Monson said plans are proceeding to build a temple in Paris France.

That makes two temples for South Africa, two temples for Columbia and two temples in Provo. That is the first temple for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the first temple in Wyoming.  Utah will now have 16 temples. (almost 10%)

The City of Jordan, Utah also has two temples in its city limits.

By the way Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) is the third largest city in all of Africa after Lagos, Nigeria and Cairo Egypt (there is already a temple in nearby Aba Nigeria)

The church has announced 9 temples this year, dedicated two, and had a ground-breaking ceremony for five.

There are 135 operating temples and 166 total announced sites. 79 are in the US and 87 are outside the US, for a 47.6% in the US.

Previous blog entries have me predicting both Wyoming and Congo as the next place for temples.

This is a great web site about temples :

I love the Maps.

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