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Paris, Cedar City and Bangkok: 29 Mormon temples in progress

From Jan. 15 through March 5, thousands of people will tour the Provo City Center Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 150th temple.

Community members have tracked its transformation from a tabernacle to a temple for the past five years, peeking over construction fences and watching live video feeds. While fewer people may be eyeing the building after the dedication on March 20, the LDS Church has many other temples in the works around the world, which church members are eagerly anticipating.

Here we've compiled information about the 29 LDS temples that are being renovated or are in various stages of construction.

Click through the list to see pictures and learn more about their progress.

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I always knew we had so many things in common with Paris and Rome. Now they'll be even more like Provo!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The picture of the 'Disney' castle looking structure with this article says it all.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

A little better picture of the area of Afton, Wyoming is in order, I believe.

Thanks for the photos of the buildings under construction.

jeanie
orem, UT

Hutterite - What exactly does it say? Maybe something like "Dreams do come true" and "The happiest place on earth for families" Yep, I agree.

Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, TX

I remember when the Washington DC Temple was the newest Temple.

I was home teacher to a semi-active family -- husband, wife, and two-year-old son. They had a magazine with a full-page picture of each Temple.

The little boy and I had fun looking at the pictures. I would name each Temple, and he would repeat after me.

In just a few weeks, he could see any Temple picture and name it! I was happy, and his parents were tickled pink.

That family was sealed in the Temple, and had three children born in the covenant. The little boy grew up to serve an honorable mission. If his firstborn son is not already on a mission, he will be soon.

We have more Temples under construction now than had been built back then. I am overwhelmed.

Idaho_Boy
Aberdeen, ID

I have a question. A long time ago I remember reading this prophecy, but I have never heard anyone mention it in all my years in the church, so I am wondering if I really read this or not. I want to say it was in the Church News when the Denver, Colorado temple was dedicated but I could be totally wrong. I also want to say that the prophecy was by Heber C. Kimball.

The prophecy said that before the Savior returned there would be hundreds of temples dotting the earth. As a kid and into adulthood, I have followed the number of temples pretty closely. It looked like hitting 101+ temples was a long ways off, but as we now know that target was surpassed back in 2000. Can anyone tell me if there was such a prophecy and who said it and what exactly the prophecy said?

Idaho_Boy
Aberdeen, ID

Thank you MNmamaof4 for that information. Very much appreciated.

Red Corvette
St. George, UT

So where is the Savior?

hilary
nottingham, 00

wonderful news, absolutely.

Abeille
West Haven, UT

Red Corvette -

You don't know?

Big Al
Chandler, AZ

We have two new temples here in the Phoenix area (Chandler and Phoenix) and I can unequivocally say that the temples are beautiful, add a great deal to the area landscape, and do nothing but improve the areas in which they are constructed. The wonderful, attractive architecture, the manicured grounds with flowers and trees and green areas, and the spirit of reverence that accompanies each edifice is truly a blessing to every city and neighborhood where they appear. Bravo to the Church for continuing to dot the earth with these holy facilities!

The Watcher
BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NV

Article makes me wonder, if the church has to many irons in the fire.

HDHarrisonAZ
Mesa, AZ

Idaho_Boy

Actually, President Brigham Young was the first to prophesied of "hundreds of temples" being built. His talk is in the Journal of Discourses, Volume 10, Number 50. The title is "Tithing—Building Temples—Gold, Its Production and Uses—Govermental Policy Towards Utah—Providing Bread for the Poor." (Remarks by President Brigham Young, made in the Bowery, Great Salt Lake City, October 6, 1863). (scriptures.byu.edu - search for key words "hundreds temples", and it would give you a list.)

"There will be hundreds of them built and dedicated to the Lord. This Temple will be known as the first Temple built in the mountains by the Latter-day Saints. And when the Millennium is over, and all the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, down to the last of their posterity, who come within the reach of the clemency of the Gospel, have been redeemed in hundreds of Temples through the administration of their children as proxies for them ..."

bamafone
Salem, UT

Red Corvette
We could arrange to have the missionaries come and explain.

bamafone
Salem, UT

Maybe there could be a Temple in or near Battle Mountain NV someday, I think that would be nice.

Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

The Cedar City temple has a slight resemblance to the old LDS Tabernacle that was in Cedar and torn down in the mid 30s to make way for the US Post Office. During my youth and young adult, the closest temple to Cedar was the St. George Temple. We drove an hour each way to go to St. George. It will be nice to have a temple in Cedar. The Cedar City temple is being built on land that belonged to my uncle, Rass Jones.

jsthor
St. George, UT

Allen, Trailed sheep near the present temple site each May and October. All the Jones' I knew were sheep men also. Never did I realize there would be a temple in "them thar hills". The old sheep men of Cedar would be (are) very pleased. It is beautiful and a great tribute to the Cedar City pioneers.

bamafone
Salem, UT

Deseret news always posts the negative commentators when featuring stories about the LDS church, wonder why. Mr Bass, you must really have deep hatred toward the the Mormon faith. Never understood why people hate others so much.

Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

My dad (Dick Leigh) was one of those sheep men. The stock yards, which was the place where sheep were loaded into train cars, isn't far from the temple location. I remember helping my dad move his sheep from his farm, about 10 miles west, to his land on Cedar mountain using the sheep trail that went straight up Cedar mountain. Both of my ggf (Samuel Leigh and Francis Webster) were two of the Cedar pioneers, and I'm sure they are glad the temple is being built. I remember leaving Cedar about 6 am and driving to St. George to the temple. We returned home about 11 pm, having done 3 endowments. Samuel Leigh was our Stake Patriarch, and I received my blessing from him. During my youth, he was the only person living in the hills, and the hills were known as the Leigh hills, although some people called them the West hills.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I love the exchange between Allen and jsthor. This type of dialog is so refreshing after reading comments on hot political comments. Thank you to all you love and share temple news, history and other interesting tidbits.

PacificCreek
Puyallup, WA

It is an exciting time to see Temples dotting the earth. The church has a lot of irons in the fire but I am sure they can handle it! I'm glad to see a temple being built inside the boundaries of my old mission!

christoph
Brigham City, UT

Ten dedications in next 14 months; the world will change very soon. Amazing time to live. I think it Revelation 7 that says those who go to temple will always have food on their table. That applies to scripture reading and church attendance and sincere prayer.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Red Corvette

"So where is the Savior?"

The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is unique amoung Chirstian churches in that we have such sacred reverence toward the Savior Jesus Christ that we don't display a cross or any depiction of the Savior on the outside of our buildings. It is all about the sacred nature of not only his name but his image. Inside all of the temples are multiple paintings of the Savior. Everything inside a temple is symbolic of Jesus Christ and his atonement. The very foundation of the Church is of course Jesus Christ.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Hutterite and Ernest T. Bass

Your mocking of sacred things regarding Christianity is reflective of your comments in past articles I have read. The Savior taught an important priciple in the New Testament "don't cast your perls before swine lest they trample them under their feet and rend you again". The Savior also taught in parables thus hiding sacred truths from the worldly and ungoldly. You would both do well in your life at some point to open your shut up minds and hearts to the light of truth. Your life will be blessing beyond anything the world can offer you and far beyond your own expectations I can promise you that much. Faith is a journey -- but not for the faint of heart.

midwestfan
Spanish Fork, UT

Allen
Your comment about traveling an hour to get to the St George temple made me think when the closest temple was SLC, 24 hours away. We were delighted even more when the Washington DC Temple was dedicated and only 13 hours away. Next came Chicago and only 5 hours, then St Louis 3 hours away. Now Indianapolis is only an hour away. We we humbled for the privilege of attending each of them, and grateful with each one that was built closer to us.

Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

I lived in Washington, DC before the Washington Temple was built. It was 45 hours to the Salt Lake Temple. Later, I lived in Massachusetts for 17 years, and we would spend about eight hours on a bus traveling to the Washington Temple. After a day and a half doing endowments, we spent another eight or nine hours traveling home. Now, it's half an hour to the Boston Temple. Before moving to New England, I lived in Phoenix, and it was an hour to the Mesa Temple. Now, there are two temples in Phoenix and one in Gilbert. Soon, there will be one in Tucson. Yes, temples are spreading over the world!

Hockey Fan
Miles City, MT

@ Idaho Boy

John Taylor said there would be hundreds of temples. See Gospel Kingdom, page 294. The reference used for that statement comes from Journal of Discourses 18:199-200.

justmesal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, WY

We traveled 2 hours to several different temples when the Ogden Temple was under construction. And we will still be in the Ogden Temple District when the Star Valley Temple is done, but we will have 1 more temple we can travel too in about 2 hours so we are blessed! Now we are in Vanuatu serving a mission and the people here have to go to Fiji by plane. Cost is steep for the people of Vanuatu. Thank goodness one of the many "irons in the fire" mentioned above is the Temple patron fund. It helps people be able to go to the temple who used to have to save for years to go even once. The people here are very excited to have the Fiji Temple reopening soon. They are saving what they can and the Church will help them get there through the Temple patron fund.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

Many of us have memories of the distances we used to travel to attend the temple. I trust these are good memories. I remember the 4 hour drive to Seattle, before a temple was built 45 minutes away in Spokane, but I still miss those great trips we used to take to Seattle.

I suspect the one gentleman was poking at the prophecy of hundreds of temples being in existence before the Savior came, wondering what now is the hold up? Well, we have reached the 'hundred' but not the 'hundreds' (more than 200), give us a few years, at this rate, it won't be long.

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