“Three Temples Announced for California,” Ensign, July 2001, 76
New temples will soon be built in Sacramento, Redlands, and Newport Beach, California. The three temples, announced on 20 April, will bring the total number of temples in the state to seven. Nearly 750,000 Latter-day Saints live in California.
The three new temples will serve a total of about 188,000 members in the Sacramento area (in northern California), in the inland area east of Los Angeles, and in Orange County (located just south of Los Angeles County).
The announcement generated high-profile articles in many California newspapers and brought much enthusiasm among local members. “It’s one of the most joyful days of my life,” said Richard Porterfield, a member of the Harbor Hills Ward, Newport Beach California Stake.