Temples to Dot the Earth: Part 1
Updated: May 8
Durban South Africa Temple
The Church is building temples at an increasingly rapid rate. There was a big surge in the late 1990's and early 2000's when the Church built 49 mini-temples patterned after the Monticello Utah Temple. Things have slowed down since then but the rate is still incredible. Just during President Russell M. Nelson's time as Prophet he has announced dozens of temples. As with other posts, temples that are announced but not yet under construction are in bold while temples that are under construction are in italics.
President Gordon B. Hinckley
A Church News article from 6 October 2000 says: “President Gordon B. Hinckley has said he eventually wants to see a temple available "within a day's journey" of every Latter-day Saint."
President Thomas S. Monson
In his April 2011 Conference address “The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World” President Thomas S. Monson stated that “Eighty-five percent of the membership of the Church now live within 200 miles (320 km) of a temple…” At that time there were 134 dedicated temples (Temple List). Now the Church has 177 dedicated temples, 43 more than when he made that statement.
Jordan River Utah Temple
South Jordan was the first city with more than one temple (Jordan River Utah in 1981 and Oquirrh Mountain Utah in 2009) (Temple List).
Lima Peru Temple
Lima Peru will be the first city outside Utah and outside the US with more than one temple with the dedication of the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple (Groundbreakings Announced for Two South American Temples).
Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
The following cities have more than one temple operating, under construction or announced (Groundbreaking Held for Red Cliffs Utah Temple). It should be noted that many temples are not within the city limits of the city they are named for (see my post on Temple Names).
South Jordan Utah (Jordan River Utah and Oquirrh Mountain Utah). Both are within the city limits of South Jordan (Temple List).
Provo Utah (Provo Utah and Provo City Center). Both are within the city limits of Provo (Temple List).
Lima Peru (Lima Peru and Lima Peru Los Olivos). The city of Lima is made up of 31 districts, each with their own mayor but presided over by the Mayor of Lima. The two temples are in different districts (La Molina and Los Olivos) but within the city limits of Lima (Groundbreakings Announced for Two South American Temples and Wikipedia: Lima).
Manila Philippines (Manila Philippines and Alabang Philippines). While in separate cities, both are within the National Capital Region (NCR), which is similar to the District of Columbia in the US and are within the Manila metro area (Groundbreaking Dates Announced for Temples in Virginia, the Philippines and Utah).
St. George (St. George Utah and Red Cliffs Utah). Both are within the city limits of St. George (Washington County Utah Temple Site Announced).
Rexburg Idaho (Rexburg Idaho and Teton River Idaho). Both are within the city limits of Rexburg (Locations Announced for Two Temples in United States).
Guatemala City Guatemala (Guatemala City and Miraflores Guatemala City) (Prophet Announces Six New Temples at October 2020 General Conference). Both are within the city limits of Guatemala City.
Mexico City Mexico (Mexico City and Mexico City Benemérito) (President Nelson Announces 17 New Temples). Benemérito is the site of a Church school within the city limits of Mexico City.
Buenos Aires Argentina (Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires City Center Argentina) (The Church of Jesus Christ Will Build 18 New Houses of the Lord). The Buenos Aires Temple is in a suburb but both will be within the Buenos Aires Metro Area.
Possibly São Paulo Brazil (São Paulo and São Paulo East) (Prophet Announces Six New Temples at October 2020 General Conference).
Possibly Santiago Chile (Santiago and Santiago West) (At the October 2021 General Conference, the Prophet Says the Church Will Build 13 More Temples).
Oakland California Temple
California was the first state outside Utah with more than one temple (Los Angeles California in 1956 and Oakland California in 1964) (Temple List).
Edmonton Alberta Temple
Alberta Canada was the first administrative subdivision outside the US with more than one temple (Cardston Alberta in 1923 and Edmonton Alberta in 1999) (Temple List).
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
The following US states, have more than one temple operating, under construction or announced (Temple List):
Utah 17+11 (Saratoga Springs, Layton, Orem, Taylorsville, Red Cliffs, Deseret Peak, Syracuse, Lindon, Smithfield, Ephraim, Heber Valley)
California 7+5 (Feather River, Yorba Linda, Modesto, San Jose, Bakersfield)
Idaho 6+3 (Burley, Montpelier, Teton River)
Texas 4+4 (McAllen, Fort Worth, Austin, Prosper)
Washington 3+2 (Moses Lake, Tacoma)
Florida 2+3 (Tallahassee, Tampa, Jacksonville)
Nevada 2+2 (Elko, Lone Mountain)
Colorado 2+1 (Grand Junction)
Missouri 2+1 (Springfield)
Oregon 2+1 (Willamette Valley)
Tennessee 2+1 (Knoxville)
New York 2
Pennsylvania 1+2 (Pittsburgh, Harrisburg)
Michigan 1+1 (Grand Rapids)
New Mexico 1+1 (Farmington)
North Carolina 1+1 (Charlotte)
Ohio 1+1 (Cleveland)
Virginia 1+1 (Winchester)
There are operating temples in 37 US states with temples under construction or announced in 2 more (Bentonville Arkansas and Wichita Kansas) (Temple List).
The following 11 US states do not have a temple operating, under construction or announced (Temple List):
Iowa, 8 stakes (Iowa - Statistics and Church Facts)
New Jersey, 6 stakes (New Jersey - Statistics and Church Facts)
Wisconsin, 6 stakes (Wisconsin - Statistics and Church Facts)
Mississippi, 4 stakes (Mississippi - Statistics and Church Facts)
West Virginia, 4 stakes (West Virginia - Statistics and Church Facts)
New Hampshire, 3 stakes (New Hampshire - Statistics and Church Facts)
Delaware, 2 stakes (Delaware - Statistics and Church Facts)
Maine, 2 stakes (Maine - Statistics and Church Facts)
South Dakota, 2 stakes (South Dakota - Statistics and Church Facts)
Rhode Island, 1 stake (Rhode Island - Statistics and Church Facts)
Vermont, 1 stake (Vermont - Statistics and Church Facts)
Manila Philippines Temple
The following administrative subdivisions outside the US have more than one temple operating, under construction or announced (Temple List):
Canadian Province of Alberta 3+1 (Lethbridge)
Brazilian State of São Paulo 2+3 (São Paulo Brazil East, Santos, Ribeirão Prêto)
Mexican State of Chihuahua 2
Peruvian Province of Lima 1+1 (Lima Peru Los Olivos)
Philippine National Capital Region (NCR) 1+1 (Alabang)
Guatemalan Department of Guatemala 1+1 (Miraflores Guatemala City)
Santiago Metropolitan Region of Chile 1+1 (Santiago West)
Mexican District of Ciudad de México 1+1 (Mexico City Benemérito)
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires Argentina 1+1 (Buenos Aires City Center Argentina)
Brazilian State of Paraná 1+1 (Londrina)
Philippines Region of Western Visayas 0+2 (Bacolod and Iloilo)
Mexico is the first country outside the United States to have multiple subdivisions with more than one announced temple. Brazil is the second (Temple List).
Frankfurt Germany Temple
Canada was the first country outside the US to have a second temple (Cardston Alberta in 1923 and Toronto Ontario on 27 August 1990) (Temple List). Germany was the second country with more than one temple outside the US by six weeks when West and East Germany reunited on 3 October 1990 (Wikipedia: German reunification). However, both of Germany’s temples were dedicated several years before Toronto (Freiberg Germany in 1985 and Frankfurt Germany in 1987) (Temple List). Canada was also the first country outside the US to have a third, fourth and fifth temple (Halifax Nova Scotia, Regina Saskatchewan and Edmonton Alberta all in 1999) (Temple List).
Hong Kong China Temple
The following countries have more than one temple operating, under construction or announced (Temple List):
US 83+42 (Saratoga Springs Utah, Layton Utah, Orem Utah, Feather River California, Moses Lake Washington, Taylorsville Utah, Red Cliffs Utah, Bentonville Arkansas, McAllen Texas, Deseret Peak Utah, Tallahassee Florida, Syracuse Utah, Helena Montana, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Casper Wyoming, Grand Junction Colorado, Lindon Utah, Farmington New Mexico, Elko Nevada, Burley Idaho, Yorba Linda California, Smithfield Utah, Ephraim Utah, Heber Valley Utah, Willamette Valley Oregon, Fort Worth Texas, Cody Wyoming, Teton River Idaho, Montpelier Idaho, Tampa Florida, Knoxville Tennessee, Cleveland Ohio, Wichita Kansas, Austin Texas, Missoula Montana, Modesto California, San Jose California, Bakersfield California, Springfield Missouri, Charlotte North Carolina, Winchester Virginia, Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Mexico 13+10 (Puebla, Torreón, Querétaro, Culiacán, San Luis Potosí, Mexico City Benemérito, Cuernavaca, Pachuca, Toluca, Tula)
Brazil 9+11 (Brasília, Salvador, São Paulo Brazil East, Belo Horizonte, Vitória, Maceió, Santos, Londrina, Ribeirão Prêto, Teresina, Natal)
Canada 9+1 (Lethbridge)
Japan 3+1 (Okinawa)
Philippines 2+10 (Urdaneta, Davao, Alabang, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban City, Naga, Santiago, Tuguegarao City, Iloilo)
Argentina 2+4 (Salta, Mendoza, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires City Center)
Guatemala 2+4 (Cobán, Miraflores Guatemala City, Huehuetenango, Retalhuleu)
Chile 2+2 (Antofagasta, Santiago West)
Columbia 2+1 (Cali)
South Africa 2+1 (Cape Town)
United Kingdom 2+1 (Birmingham)
Germany 2+1 (Hamburg)
Nigeria 1+3 (Lagos, Benin City, Eket)
Bolivia 1+2 (Santa Cruz, La Paz)
New Zealand 1+2 (Auckland, Wellington)
China 1+1 (Shanghai)
DR of the Congo 1+2 (Lubumbashi, Kananga)
Ghana 1+1 (Kumasi)
Honduras 1+1 (San Pedro Sula)
South Korea 1+1 (Busan)
Taiwan 1+1 (Kaohsiung)
Tonga 1+1 (Neiafu)
With 177 dedicated temples there are operating temples in 50 countries and overseas territories with temples under construction or announced in 24 more (Abidjan Ivory Coast, Bangkok Thailand, Bengaluru India, Harare Zimbabwe, Nairobi Kenya, Phnom Penh Cambodia, Pago Pago American Samoa, Freetown Sierra Leone, Managua Nicaragua, Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, Port Vila Vanuatu, Russia, Budapest Hungary, Dubai United Arab Emirates, Tarawa Kiribati, Oslo Norway, Brussels Belgium, Vienna Austria, Beira Mozambique, Singapore Republic of Singapore, Monrovia Liberia, Antananarivo Madagascar, Brazzaville Republic of the Congo, Jakarta Indonesia) (Temple List).