Dedications Bring Operating Temples Worldwide to 122

“Dedications Bring Operating Temples Worldwide to 122,” Liahona, Oct. 2005, N4–N6

Dedications Bring Operating Temples Worldwide to 122

With the recent dedications of the San Antonio Texas, Aba Nigeria, and Newport Beach California Temples, the total number of operating temples around the world has now reached 122.

Since President Gordon B. Hinckley was called to lead the Church in 1995, the Lord has directed temple construction in a way few expected. In the last 10 years, 84 temples have been announced or dedicated—nearly double the 47 temples dedicated in the previous 118 years.

President Hinckley has said that the temple is a place where we can learn more about life after death and the purpose of this life.

“Every temple that this Church has built has in effect stood as a monument to our belief in the immortality of the human soul, that this phase of mortal life through which we pass is part of a continuous upward climb, so to speak, and that as certain as there is life here, there will be life there,” he said. “That is our firm belief. It comes about through the Atonement of the Savior, and the temple becomes, as I have indicated, the bridge from this life to the next” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, May 2001, 16).

The 122 operating temples include the Apia Samoa Temple, which was rededicated on September 4, 2005, after the original structure was destroyed by fire in 2003. An additional nine temples are under construction or have been announced.

Temples around the World

Operating Temples

Dedication Date

1 St. George Utah

April 6, 1877

2 Logan Utah

May 17, 1884

3 Manti Utah

May 21, 1888

4 Salt Lake

April 6, 1893

5 Laie Hawaii

November 27, 1919

6 Cardston Alberta

August 26, 1923

7 Mesa Arizona

October 23, 1927

8 Idaho Falls Idaho

September 23, 1945

9 Bern Switzerland

September 11, 1955

10 Los Angeles California

March 11, 1956

11 Hamilton New Zealand

April 20, 1958

12 London England

September 7, 1958

13 Oakland California

November 19, 1964

14 Ogden Utah

January 18, 1972

15 Provo Utah

February 9, 1972

16 Washington D.C.

November 19, 1974

17 São Paulo Brazil

October 30, 1978

18 Tokyo Japan

October 27, 1980

19 Seattle Washington

November 17, 1980

20 Jordan River Utah

November 16, 1981

21 Atlanta Georgia

June 1, 1983

22 Apia Samoa

August 5, 1983

23 Nuku‘alofa Tonga

August 9, 1983

24 Santiago Chile

September 15, 1983

25 Papeete Tahiti

October 27, 1983

26 Mexico City Mexico

December 2, 1983

27 Boise Idaho

May 25, 1984

28 Sydney Australia

September 20, 1984

29 Manila Philippines

September 25, 1984

30 Dallas Texas

October 19, 1984

31 Taipei Taiwan

November 17, 1984

32 Guatemala City Guatemala

December 14, 1984

33 Freiberg Germany

June 29, 1985

34 Stockholm Sweden

July 2, 1985

35 Chicago Illinois

August 9, 1985

36 Johannesburg South Africa

August 24, 1985

37 Seoul Korea

December 14, 1985

38 Lima Peru

January 10, 1986

39 Buenos Aires Argentina

January 17, 1986

40 Denver Colorado

October 24, 1986

41 Frankfurt Germany

August 28, 1987

42 Portland Oregon

August 19, 1989

43 Las Vegas Nevada

December 16, 1989

44 Toronto Ontario

August 25, 1990

45 San Diego California

April 25, 1993

46 Orlando Florida

October 9, 1994

47 Bountiful Utah

January 8, 1995

48 Hong Kong China

May 26, 1996

49 Mount Timpanogos Utah

October 13, 1996

50 St. Louis Missouri

June 1, 1997

51 Vernal Utah

November 2, 1997

52 Preston England

June 7, 1998

53 Monticello Utah

July 26, 1998

54 Anchorage Alaska

January 9, 1999

55 Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico

March 6, 1999

56 Madrid Spain

March 19, 1999

57 Bogotá Colombia

April 24, 1999

58 Guayaquil Ecuador

August 1, 1999

59 Spokane Washington

August 21, 1999

60 Columbus Ohio

September 4, 1999

61 Bismarck North Dakota

September 19, 1999

62 Columbia South Carolina

October 16, 1999

63 Detroit Michigan

October 23, 1999

64 Halifax Nova Scotia

November 14, 1999

65 Regina Saskatchewan

November 14, 1999

66 Billings Montana

November 20, 1999

67 Edmonton Alberta

December 11, 1999

68 Raleigh North Carolina

December 18, 1999

69 St. Paul Minnesota

January 9, 2000

70 Kona Hawaii

January 23, 2000

71 Ciudad Juárez Mexico

February 26, 2000

72 Hermosillo Sonora Mexico

February 27, 2000

73 Albuquerque New Mexico

March 5, 2000

74 Oaxaca Mexico

March 11, 2000

75 Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico

March 12, 2000

76 Louisville Kentucky

March 19, 2000

77 Palmyra New York

April 6, 2000

78 Fresno California

April 9, 2000

79 Medford Oregon

April 16, 2000

80 Memphis Tennessee

April 23, 2000

81 Reno Nevada

April 23, 2000

82 Cochabamba Bolivia

April 30, 2000

83 Tampico Mexico

May 20, 2000

84 Nashville Tennessee

May 21, 2000

85 Villahermosa Mexico

May 21, 2000

86 Montréal Québec

June 4, 2000

87 San José Costa Rica

June 4, 2000

88 Fukuoka Japan

June 11, 2000

89 Adelaide Australia

June 15, 2000

90 Melbourne Australia

June 16, 2000

91 Suva Fiji

June 18, 2000

92 Mérida Mexico

July 8, 2000

93 Veracruz Mexico

July 9, 2000

94 Baton Rouge Louisiana

July 16, 2000

95 Oklahoma City Oklahoma

July 30, 2000

96 Caracas Venezuela

August 20, 2000

97 Houston Texas

August 26, 2000

98 Birmingham Alabama

September 3, 2000

99 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

September 17, 2000

100 Boston Massachusetts

October 1, 2000

101 Recife Brazil

December 15, 2000

102 Porto Alegre Brazil

December 17, 2000

103 Montevideo Uruguay

March 18, 2001

104 Winter Quarters Nebraska

April 22, 2001

105 Guadalajara Mexico

April 29, 2001

106 Perth Australia

May 20, 2001

107 Columbia River Washington

November 18, 2001

108 Snowflake Arizona

March 3, 2002

109 Lubbock Texas

April 21, 2002

110 Monterrey Mexico

April 28, 2002

111 Campinas Brazil

May 17, 2002

112 Asunción Paraguay

May 19, 2002

113 Nauvoo Illinois

June 27, 2002

114 The Hague Netherlands

September 8, 2002

115 Brisbane Australia

June 15, 2003

116 Redlands California

September 14, 2003

117 Accra Ghana

January 11, 2004

118 Copenhagen Denmark

May 23, 2004

119 Manhattan New York

June 13, 2004

120 San Antonio Texas

May 22, 2005

121 Aba Nigeria

August 7, 2005

122 Newport Beach California

August 28, 2005

Announced or under Construction

Temple

Announcement Date

A1 Harrison New York

September 30, 1995

A2 Kiev Ukraine

July 20, 1998

A3 Helsinki Finland

April 2, 2000

A4 Sacramento California

April 21, 2001

A5 Curitiba Brazil

August 23, 2002

A6 Panamá City Panamá

August 23, 2002

A7 Rexburg Idaho

December 20, 2003

A8 Draper Utah

October 2, 2004

A9 Twin Falls Idaho

October 2, 2004

Temples by the Numbers

1877

Year the St. George Utah Temple was dedicated, the oldest currently operating temple.

16

Temples dedicated in the following 100 years, ending with the São Paulo Brazil Temple in 1978.

26

Temples dedicated during the 1980s, the most in any decade until 2000—including the 25 dedicated in the 1990s.

37

Temples dedicated in 2000, the most in any year.

4

Temples dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in an eight-day period from June 11–18, 2000, the most ever in that time span.

6

Countries with at least one dedicated temple in 1978.

40

Countries with at least one dedicated or announced temple in 2005.

40

Years the Salt Lake Temple was under construction.

4

Calendar years since 1980 during which no temple was dedicated: 1982, 1988, 1991, and 1992.

26

Years between the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple and the Laie Hawaii Temple, the longest span between dedications among currently operating temples.

4

Times two temples have been dedicated on the same day since the small temple building program was announced.

253,015

Square footage (23,500 m2) of the Salt Lake Temple (including annex), the largest temple in the Church.

280

Height, in feet (85 m), of the Washington D.C. Temple, the tallest in the Church.