Number of temples opened for husband-wife sealings grows to 108. See the full list here

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Editor’s note: This press release was originally published on May 7, 2020. An updated list of temples in the first phase of reopening is included below, with the most recent additions bolded.

In a letter to all Church members, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed their gratitude for the efforts of all those who have worked to address the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“With profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father that He has heard our prayers, we rejoice in announcing a careful, phased reopening of temples,” the First Presidency said. “Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, living husband-and-wife sealing ordinances will be performed in selected temples for members who have been previously endowed.”

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Sealings at Selected Temples

In the first phase of temple reopening, temple ordinances will be limited to husband-and-wife living sealings (marriages) for members who are already endowed. This will begin at selected temples in Idaho and Utah (USA) and Germany and Sweden (see list of temples opening at the end of this article). The current status of individual temples can be viewed on each individual temple’s page on Temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

These sealings will take place Monday through Saturday by appointment only and initially will be limited to one sealing ceremony or family at a time in the temple. When the appointment is made, staff will verify that the couple lives within the approved geographic area for receiving ordinances in that temple. All government and public health directives will be observed, including restrictions related to travel and crossing of state or other regional borders, and the use of safety equipment such as masks.

For these living sealing ordinances, temples will have a very limited number of staff in the temple—as few as two or three people. Each bride, groom and their limited number of guests will be greeted at the door of the temple and escorted to the sealing room. The bride and groom are invited to come to the temple dressed in the customary white trousers, shirt and tie (for men) and dresses (for women). They will then dress in ceremonial temple clothing within the temple.

The number of participants in each sealing will be restricted to the bride, groom and a limited number of guests per instructions provided at the time of scheduling. Only those who are in good health and have no symptoms of COVID-19 should come to the temple. The sealing and other rooms in the temple will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized following each ceremony.

Phased Reopening

The reopening of temples will proceed in a cautious and carefully planned and coordinated manner based on local government restrictions and as authorized by the Temple Department. The four phases of opening are designed to reduce risk, accommodate the demand and capacity of the temple, and observe any relevant health restrictions in the temple district.

  • Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only
  • • Perform living sealings only for previously endowed members under strict guidelines and safety precautions
  • Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only
  • • Perform all temple ordinances for living individuals
  • • Maintain closure of patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations
  • Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions
  • • Continue providing ordinances for living individuals
  • • Provide proxy ordinances for ancestors in a restricted manner
  • • Open patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations as needed
  • Phase 4: Open for full operations
  • • Resume regular temple operations

As directed by the Temple Department, other temples will be reopened based on local government and public health directives. They will follow this same phased approach in reopening, beginning with husband-and-wife sealings by appointment.

Ordinance Priority

For currently scheduled living ordinances, members will be contacted by temple staff to confirm their appointment or to reschedule. Priority for scheduling ordinances will then be given to members who had their appointments canceled because of temple closures. Members in this circumstance should call the temple to schedule an ordinance. Final priority will then be given to new appointments.

Information About Specific Temples

Members can see the opening status of their specific temple and any restrictions by going to this temple list PDF or to Temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Temple presidents will also work with Area Seventies to share information on the reopening status of their assigned temple.

Safety

In addition to the processes outlined above, each temple presidency will take extra precautions to help protect temple workers and patrons. This will include allowing patrons to wear their own masks and gloves, providing hand sanitizer at several locations in the temple, and encouraging frequent handwashing and appropriate social distancing. All those who serve in the temple will do so on a volunteer basis. Adjustments to temple operating schedules, seating arrangements and temple facilities will also be made to further increase safety.

The First Presidency concluded their letter with an expression of hope and a request: “We ask for your continued faith and prayers that this pandemic and its lingering effects may pass. We look forward to the day that we can resume full operation of our temples, congregations and missionary service.”

Temple Status

The following temples will begin Phase 1 of reopening on the date listed after the temple name. The most recent additions are bolded:

  • • Aba Nigeria Temple (June 8)
  • • Accra Ghana Temple (June 8) 
  • • Adelaide Australia Temple (June 1)
  • • Albuquerque New Mexico Temple (June 1)
  • • Anchorage Alaska Temple (May 25)
  • • Apia Samoa Temple (June 22)
  • Asunción Paraguay Temple (July 6)
  • • Atlanta Georgia Temple (May 18)
  • • Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple (June 1)
  • • Billings Montana Temple (May 18)
  • • Birmingham Alabama Temple (May 18)
  • • Bismarck North Dakota Temple (May 18)
  • • Boise Idaho Temple (May 11)
  •  Boston Massachusetts Temple (July 6) 
  • • Bountiful Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Brigham City Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Brisbane Australia Temple (June 22)
  • • Calgary Alberta Temple (June 1)
  • • Cardston Alberta Temple (May 25)
  • • Cedar City Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Columbia South Carolina Temple (June 29)
  • • Columbus Ohio Temple (May 25)
  • • Copenhagen Denmark Temple (May 18)
  • • Dallas Texas Temple (May 25)
  • • Denver Colorado Temple (May 25)
  • • Detroit Michigan Temple (June 15)
  • • Durban South Africa Temple (June 15) 
  • • Draper Utah Temple (May 25)
  • • Edmonton Alberta Temple (May 25)
  • • Fort Collins Colorado Temple (May 25)
  • • Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple (June 8) 
  • • Frankfurt Germany Temple (May 11)
  • • Freiburg Germany Temple (May 11)
  • • Fresno California Temple (July 6)
  • • Fukuoka Japan Temple (June 1)
  • • Gilbert Arizona Temple (May 18)
  • • Guadalajara Mexico Temple (June 29)
  • • Hartford Connecticut Temple (June 15) 
  • • Helsinki Finland Temple (May 25)
  • • Houston Texas Temple (May 25)
  • • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (May 11)
  • • Indianapolis Indiana Temple (June 8) 
  • • Johannesburg South Africa Temple (June 15)
  • • Jordan River Utah Temple (May 18)
  • • Kansas City Missouri Temple (May 25)
  • • Kona Hawaii Temple (June 15)
  • • Laie Hawaii Temple (June 15) 
  • • Las Vegas Nevada Temple (June 29)
  • • Lisbon Portugal Temple (June 8) 
  • • Logan Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Louisville Kentucky Temple (May 25)
  • • Lubbock Texas Temple (June 8) 
  • Madrid Spain Temple (July 6)
  • • Manhattan New York Temple (July 6) 
  • • Manila Philippines Temple (June 15)
  • • Manti Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Medford Oregon Temple (June 15) 
  • • Melbourne Australia Temple (June 1)
  • • Memphis Tennessee Temple (May 18)
  • • Meridian Idaho Temple (June 8)
  • Montevideo Uruguay Temple (July 6)
  • • Monticello Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (May 25)
  • • Nashville Tennessee Temple (May 18)
  • • Nauvoo Illinois Temple (June 1)
  • • Newport Beach California Temple (July 6)
  • • Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple (June 15) 
  • • Ogden Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple  (May 25)
  • • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Orlando Florida Temple (May 25)
  • • Palmyra New York Temple (June 15) 
  • • Papeete Tahiti Temple (June 8) 
  • • Paris France Temple (June 22)
  • • Payson Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Perth Australia Temple (June 1)
  • • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple (July 6)
  • • Phoenix Arizona Temple (May 18)
  • • Portland Oregon Temple (June 15) 
  • • Provo City Center Temple (May 11)
  • • Provo Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Raleigh North Carolina Temple (June 1)
  • • Regina Saskatchewan Temple  (May 25)
  • Redlands California Temple (July 6)
  • • Reno Nevada Temple (June 8) 
  • • Rexburg Idaho Temple (June 8) 
  • Rome Italy Temple (July 6)
  • • Sacramento California Temple (July 6)
  • • San Antonio Texas Temple (June 1)
  •  San Diego California Temple (July 6)
  • • Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple (June 22)
  • • Sapporo Japan Temple (June 8) 
  • • Seoul Korea Temple (May 18)
  • • Snowflake Arizona Temple (May 18) 
  • • St. Louis Missouri Temple (June 1)
  • • St. Paul Minnesota Temple (May 25)
  • • Star Valley Wyoming Temple (May 18)
  • • Stockholm Sweden Temple (May 11)
  • • Sydney Australia Temple (June 1)
  • • Taipei Taiwan Temple (May 18)
  • • The Gila Valley Arizona Temple (May 18)
  • • The Hague Netherlands Temple (June 1)
  • • Toronto Ontario Temple (June 29)
  • • Tucson Arizona Temple (May 18)
  • • Twin Falls Idaho Temple (May 11)
  • • Vancouver British Columbia Temple (May 25)
  • • Vernal Utah Temple (June 1)
  • • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple  (May 11)

Two temples which had previously reopened as Phase 1, the Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico Temple and the Monterrey Mexico Temple, are now closed.

See a full list of temples and their current status.

PRESS RELEASE FROM Church Newsroom

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