President Monson announces plans to build 4 new LDS Temples

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SALT LAKE CITY - The weekend sessions of the General Conference of the LDS Church wrapped up Sunday afternoon, and the final message delivered to those in attendance was one that many had hoped to hear about.

"There are an estimated 60 million refugees in the world today," said Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "One in 122 humans has been forced to flee their homes, and half are children."

For many, the message came at a relevant time, though Elder Kearon didn't make a reference to a specific topic.

"I think we should help them," said one person in attendance. "I think we all need to step up."

The message on refugees came after President Thomas S. Monson announced four new temples would be built in the following locations: Harare, Zimbabwe; Quito, Ecuador; Belem, Brazil; and a second in Lima, Peru.

"When I became part of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1963, there were 12 operating temples in the entire church," President Monson said. "There are now 150 temples.”

It was the recent dedication of the Provo City Center Temple that brought the total of temples currently in operation up to 150.

“How grateful we are for the blessings we receive in these holy houses,” Monson said.

Click here to read more about the temple sites.


  • DesH

    It just makes me sad. When Jesus died the veil was torn because Jesus became the intermediary between us and God. God said He doesn’t reside in temples. Please read the new testament, there is so many discrepancies between God’s Word and mormonism. You don’t need a priest or to go through a temple to be close to God. There is so much at stake if you get this wrong! God says to investigate what we believe and to know why we believe it. If Mormonism is the true religion it should be able to stand up against anything. Please visit

    • Johnny

      Desh you obviously have no clue to what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe in. I encourage you to worship with us and learn what we believe in before spouting falsehoods.

      • Des

        Mormonism is actually a major study of mine and it’s not a falsehood that you must do your temple requirements in order to go to the “highest” level of heaven. It’s so not ok and not Jesus’ heart to separate us from Him with rituals and legalistic requirements.

      • Des

        If Mormonism is the “true” church it should be able to stand up to any test. The fact that people are so defensive and unwilling to research their faith is a huge red flag.


        A what test from an unbeliever would you propose? Those who refuse to believe would deny the shining sun at noon day.

      • Des

        How about testing through the Bible? Mormonism does not even come close to measuring up when measured against the Bible. Also it doesn’t matter if it’s a non believer, if I say I have information that proves your religion false you should look at it. If your religion really is correct it should be able to withstand that and you should have the courage to test it. If someone came up to me tomorrow and said “hey Jesus wasn’t real and I have proof” I would listen to what they had to say, not saying I would believe them but my faith can stand those types of tests but apparently yours cant.


      (Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 2:12-25)
      And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

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  • Matt

    @Desh People who dedicate their time and efforts tearing down the faith of others are the saddest group of individuals I’ve had the sad occurrence of interacting with. Why not create a website proclaiming the importance of Christ instead of website bashing a religion you don’t truly understand?

    • DES

      Did you visit the website? Because it pretty much is a site proclaiming Jesus and the reason I talk about this is because the consequences are far too great not to. What’s more loving someone who knows you are heading the wrong way and does nothing or someone who tries desperately get you to turn away from those serious consequences?


        How can someone who is blind (doesn’t understand the purpose and need of temples) possible show the person with 20/20 vision the correct path?


    What part of Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 2:12-25 is it that Desh doesn’t understand?

    • Des

      Why did the veil tear then, Eric? Why would there be nothing about needing to go to a temple to “truly worship” God in the epistles? The priests at the temple were used to commune with God and make supplication for the people’s sins before Jesus died, after Jesus died he became our intermediary between us and God and there is no need for temples anymore


        The veil was torn because they had just crucified God’s Son. Why did the Lord say “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer”? Sheesh!!

      • Des

        For real, man? You need to do a study on the symbolism of the veil being torn. There is no reason for the veil separating the Holy of holies to be torn if not to symbolize our new open relationship with God.

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