What to Know about Temple Adjustments—for Living Ordinances and More—as Closures Reach 35

Contributed By Sydney Walker, Church News reporter

  • 17 March 2020

 The Kyiv Ukraine Temple.

Article Highlights

  • As of the evening of March 16, 35 temples are closed worldwide.

As a follow-up to the March 13 letter regarding temple worship, the Church has released frequently asked questions further explaining temporary temple adjustments due to continued COVID-19 concerns.

Also, as of Monday afternoon, March 16, the number of the Church’s operating temples temporarily closed stands at 35.

The information regarding temple adjustments answers questions regarding permitted group size for living ordinances, missionaries receiving their endowments, distribution center operations, and names on the prayer roll.

For temples that are open, living endowment and sealing ordinances will be scheduled for one family or one group at a time. A limit of eight guests may be invited (in addition to the patrons receiving the ordinance).

Missionaries who do not have the opportunity to receive their own endowment before entering the field (due to a temple closure in their area) will do so as soon as possible at a later date. They may still enter the field.

Distribution centers will continue to operate with reduced staff and limited hours where temples are open. Patrons attending the temple for living ordinances are encouraged to bring their own temple clothing, when possible.

Names for the prayer roll will continue to be collected as long as the specific temple is open for living ordinances. Church members are invited to email the names or leave them on the message machine, if possible.

As the Church continues to take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the list of temple closures on Newsroom is frequently being updated.

The Bern Switzerland Temple at sunset.

As of Monday afternoon, March 16, the following 35 temples are temporarily closed:

  • Accra Ghana Temple
  • Arequipa Peru Temple
  • Asunción Paraguay Temple
  • Bern Switzerland Temple
  • Caracas Venezuela Temple
  • Cebu City Philippines Temple
  • Copenhagen Denmark Temple 
  • Durban South Africa Temple
  • Frankfurt Germany Temple
  • Freiberg Germany Temple
  • Fukuoka Japan Temple
  • The Manhattan New York Temple at sunset.

    Guayaquil Ecuador Temple
  • Hartford Connecticut Temple
  • Johannesburg South Africa Temple
  • Kyiv Ukraine Temple
  • Lima Peru Temple
  • Lisbon Portugal Temple
  • Madrid Spain Temple
  • Manhattan New York Temple
  • Manila Philippines Temple
  • Panama City Panama Temple
  • Paris France Temple
  • Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
  • Portland Oregon Temple
  • Rome Italy Temple
  • San Salvador El Salvador Temple
  • Sapporo Japan Temple
  • Seattle Washington Temple

    Taipei Taiwan Temple.

  • Seoul Korea Temple
  • Taipei Taiwan Temple
  • Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple
  • The Hague Netherlands Temple
  • Toronto Ontario Temple
  • Trujillo Peru Temple
  • Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple
  • The Hong Kong China Temple and Tokyo Japan Temple continue to remain closed for renovation.

On Friday, March 13, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced temporary adjustments to temple work.

According to the letter, the following is effective March 16:

  • Where government or other restrictions on public and/or religious gatherings would preclude temple activity, proxy and living ordinances will temporarily be suspended.
  • Where government or other restrictions do not preclude all temple activity, the following temple ordinances for living persons will be accommodated as capacity permits by appointment only: husband-and-wife and child-to-parents sealing ordinances and living initiatory and endowment ordinances. On a temporary basis, proxy temple ordinances will not be performed.
  • All patron housing will be closed.

Madrid Spain Temple.