Four more temples will close for renovation later this year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday afternoon.
The Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Memphis Tennessee and Tokyo Japan temples will close for extensive renovations in October. One month later, the Asunción Paraguay Temple will do the same. During the closure, each temple will be upgraded for "functionality, efficiency and beauty," according to Mormon Newsroom.
The temples in Paraguay, Oklahoma and Tennessee are expected to be rededicated following an open house in 2019, while the Tokyo Japan Temple is scheduled to be ready in 2020. Church members in these areas are invited to attend neighboring temples during the renovations.
The Tokyo Japan Temple is the oldest of the four and was dedicated in 1980 by President Spencer W. Kimball.13 comments on this story
The Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City temples were both dedicated in 2000 by President James E. Faust.
President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Asunción Paraguay Temple in 2002.
President Thomas S. Monson recently announced five new temples during the Sunday Morning Session of the 187th Annual General Conference. Temples in Frankfurt, Germany, Idaho Falls, Idaho and Utah (Jordan River) are currently closed for renovations. It was announced in February that the Oakland California and Washington, D.C. temples will close for extensive renovations next year.