SALT LAKE CITY — Though President Thomas S. Monson did not announce any new temples at general conference this weekend, 2015 has been a busy year for temple building in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The year will end with at least:
— Four groundbreakings: Church leaders broke ground on new temples — the Star Valley Wyoming and Cedar City Utah temples — earlier this year. They have scheduled groundbreakings for two more on Oct. 17 in Tucson, Arizona, and Concepción, Chile.
— Three newly announced temples: At the April general conference, President Monson announced three new temples to be built in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Bangkok, Thailand.
— Five dedications: Leaders have dedicated and opened four new temples — Córdoba Argentina, Payson Utah, Trujillo Peru and Indianapolis Indiana. A fifth, the Tijuana Mexico Temple, will be dedicated Dec. 13.
— Two rededications: One temple has been rededicated after renovation, in Mexico City, and another is scheduled in Montreal in November.
— Three closures for renovation: So far this year the church closed the Freiberg and Frankfurt temples in Germany and the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple for renovation.
— Three announcements for 2016: The open house for the Provo City Center Temple will begin Jan. 15, and it will be dedicated on March 20. The open house for the Suva Fiji Temple renovation will begin Jan. 25, and the temple will be rededicated on Feb. 21. The Jordan River Utah Temple will close for renovation on Feb. 15, to re-open in late 2017.
The church now has 148 operating temples, with five of those under renovation — Montreal, Suva, Idaho Falls, Freiberg and Frankfurt.
Twelve temples are under construction — Tijuana, Provo City Center, Fort Collins Colorado, Hartford Connecticut, Rome Italy, Sapporo Japan, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Paris France, Meridian Idaho, Star Valley, Cedar City and Fortaleza Brazil.
Thirteen more have been announced but work has not started — Concepción Chile, Tucson Arizona, Lisbon Portugal, Urdaneta Philippines, Winnipeg Manitoba, Barranquilla Colombia, Durban South Africa, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo, Arequipa Peru, Rio de Janeiro, Abidjan Ivory Coast, Port-au-Prince Haiti and Bangkok Thailand.
On Friday, the church posted a new infographic about 10 temples. Updated photos show just how close to completion the following temples are — Provo City Center, Philadelphia, Rome, Fort Collins, Sapporo, Hartford, Paris and Meridian.
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