SALT LAKE CITY – Two new temples were announced during the morning session of the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church president Thomas S. Monson said one temple will be built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the other in Cedar City.
Church members consider temples to be the “house of the Lord,” the most sacred places on earth. Unlike meetinghouses, where Sabbath worship and weekly activities take place, temples are open throughout the week and closed on Sundays.
The Cedar City Temple will be the 17th built in Utah.
According to a press release, the church believes that temple attendance strengthens it members in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ. In the temple, “sacred ceremonies connect families forever and explain God’s plan for His children.”
In order to attend the temple, church members must be able to pass two separate interviews with church officials who establish they are “in good standing,” before being issued a temple recommend that must be displayed at the entrance of any temple before being allowed to enter.
There are currently 141 operating temples worldwide and, with today’s announcement, 29 temples announced under construction.
The exact locations of the new temples will be announced at a later date.
- Mormon.org: A general information page on the LDS Church
- LDS.org: Official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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