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Two LDS Temples in one photo. The Draper (background) and the Oquirrh mountain temple (still under construction). Photo by Scott G Winterton/Deseret News.Two LDS Temples in one photo. The Draper (background) and the Oquirrh mountain temple (still under construction). Photo by Scott G Winterton/Deseret News. January 13, 2009 Photo by Scott G. Winterton/Deseret News.

The LDS Church's Meridian Idaho Temple — which opens this week — is located 8.8 miles from the Boise Idaho Temple. That distance is measured in "geodesic" miles — the distance between two points on a map, similar to the term "as the crow flies."

It's among the shortest distances between two temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — certainly the shortest outside the state of Utah, where six distances between temples measure even less.

Note: LDS temples cited are those as of October 2017 that are operating, under construction or announced with an official site determined, unless noted. Click here for a similar listing in miles.

6 shortest distances between Utah temples
3.8 kilometers — Provo to Provo City Center
5.0 kilometers — Jordan River to Oquirrh Mountain
11.0 kilometers — Draper to Jordan River
12.9 kilometers — Draper to Mount Timpanogos
13.1 kilometers — Bountiful to Salt Lake
13.8 kilometers — Draper to Oquirrh Mountain

4 other distances under 24 kilometers between Utah temples
18.2 kilometers — Mount Timpanogos to Provo
20.2 kilometers — Mount Timpanogos to Provo City Center
22.9 kilometers — Jordan River to Salt Lake
23.6 kilometers — Jordan River to Mount Timpanogos

Outside Utah: Distances between temples under 20 kilometers
14.2 kilometers — Boise to Meridian
15.5 kilometers — Gilbert to Mesa

Outside the U.S.: Potential distances between temples under 25 kilometers

12 miles — Lima to Lima Los Olivos *

13 miles — Manila to Greater Manila *

* Lima Los Olivos and Greater Manila temple sites have not been announced; mileage figured from existing temples is Lima and Manila to the center of the Los Olivos and Alabang areas of the respective metro areas)

Outside Utah: Nearest temples less than 160 kilometers
40.5 kilometers — Idaho Falls to Rexburg
45.6 kilometers — Mesa to Phoenix
60.6 kilometers — Gilbert to Phoenix
71.5 kilometers — Idaho Falls to Pocatello
71.7 kilometers — Los Angeles to Newport Beach
80.3 kilometers — Newport Beach to Redlands
102.6 kilometers — Newport Beach to San Diego
103.1 kilometers — Denver to Fort Collins
111.9 kilometers — Pocatello to Rexburg
119.1 kilometers — Los Angeles to Redlands
122.4 kilometers — Pocatello to Star Valley
123.3 kilometers — Gila Valley to Phoenix
125.6 kilometers — Idaho Falls to Star Valley
127.1 kilometers — Oakland to Sacramento
129.0 kilometers — Gilbert to Tucson
131.8 kilometers — Redlands to San Diego
135.3 kilometers — Manhattan to Philadelphia1
40.1 kilometers — Rexburg to Star Valley
143.3 kilometers — Hartford to Manhattan
144.5 kilometers — Mesa to Tucson
150.0 kilometers — Reno to Sacramento
155.9 kilometers — Boston to Hartford

Outside the U.S.: Nearest temples less than 315 kilometers
81.7 kilometers — Campinas Brazil to São Paulo Brazil
117.4 kilometers — Guatemala City Guatemala to Quetzaltenango Guatemala
137.4 kilometers — Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico to Villahermosa Mexico
166.9 kilometers — Guatemala City Guatemala to San Salvador El Salvador Mexico
220.7 kilometers — San Salvador El Salvador to Tegucigalpa Honduras
221.6 kilometers — Ciudad Juárez Mexico to Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico
223.8 kilometers — Buenos Aires Argentina to Montevideo Uruguay
225.8 kilometers — Calgary Alberta to Cardston Alberta
241.4 kilometers — Oaxaca Mexico to Veracruz Mexico
248.0 kilometers — Port-au-Prince Haiti to Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
254.0 kilometers — Calgary Alberta to Edmonton Alberta
274.5 kilometers — Quetzaltenango Guatemala to Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico
279.1 kilometers — Quetzaltenango Guatemala to San Salvador El Salvador
303.5 kilometers — London England to Paris France
307.3 kilometers — Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico to Hermosillo Sonora Mexico
314.9 kilometers — Mexico City Mexico to Veracruz Mexico

Most remote temples (from one temple to the nearest temple)

2,413.0 kilometers — Papeete Tahiti to Apia Samoa2.153.3 kilometers — Anchorage Alaska to Vancouver British Columbia

2,134.4 kilomters — Perth Australia to Adelaide Australia

2,065.6 kilometers — Hamilton New Zealand to Nuku’alofa Tonga

1,681.1 kilometers — Manaus Brazil to Caracas Venezuela

1,372.2 kilometers — Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo to Aba Nigeria

1,147.3 kilometers — Kyiv Ukraine to Helsinki Finland894.4 kilometers — Apia Samoa to Nuku'alofa Tonga

Farthest distance between temples

19,922.1 kilometers — Asunción Paragua to Taipei Taiwan19.711.4 kilometers — Hamilton New Zealand to Madrid Spain

19,622.3 kilometers — Hamilton New Zealand to Lisbon Portugal

19,613.1 kilometers — Montevideo Uruguay to Seoul Korea

19,594.3 kilometers — Fukuoka Japan to Porto Alegre Brazil

19,459.7 kilometers — Cochabamba Bolivia to Hong Kong China

19,432.5 kilometers — Buenos Aires Argentina to Seoul Korea19402.1 kilometers — Fukuoka Japan to Montevideo Uruguay

Cities with more than one LDS temple

2 — South Jordan, Utah (Jordan River, Oquirrh Mountain)

2 — Provo, Utah (Provo, Provo City Center)

U.S. metropolitan areas with more than one LDS temple

(metropolitan statistical areas as defined by federal government's Office of Management and Budget)

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5 — Provo-Orem (Mount Timpanogos, Payson, Provo, Provo City Center, Saratoga Springs*)

4 — Salt Lake City (Draper, Jordan River, Oquirrh Mountain, Salt Lake)

3 — Ogden-Clearfield (Bountiful, Ogden, Brigham City)

3 — Phoenix (Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix)

2 — Boise (Boise, Meridian)

* Temple has been announced, but a site has not been officially designated

International metro areas with more than one LDS temple

2 - Lima, Peru (Lima, Lima Los Olivos*)

2 - Manila, Philippines (Manila, Greater Manila*)

* Temple has been announced, but a site has not been officially designated