2 temples to be built in eastern U.S.

Two new temples with the possibility of a third were announced by President Gordon B. Hinckley at the priesthood session of general conference on Sept. 30.

A temple is to be built in the area of Boston, Mass., and another in White Plains, N.Y., President Hinckley said.And he noted, "We are working on the possibility of a temple in Venezuela." He also said the Church is working on sites in six more areas.

The two new temples will be built instead of a temple previously announced for Hartford, Conn.

"After working for years to acquire a suitable site in the Hartford area, during which time the Church has grown appreciably in areas to the north and south, we have determined that we will not at this time build a temple in the immediate area of Hartford," he explained before announcing the temples for Boston and White Plains. "In other words, there will be two to serve the needs of the people where originally it was planned that one would do. We have sites in both of these new locations."

He added: "We apologize to our faithful Saints in the Hartford area. We know you will be disappointed in this announcement. You know that we, and your local officers, have spent countless hours searching for a suitable location that would handle the needs of the Saints in New York and New England. While we deeply regret disappointing the people in the Hartford area, we are satisfied that we have been led to the present decision, and that temples will be located in such areas that our Saints in the Hartford area will not have to drive unreasonable distances."

President Hinckley said there are 47 working temples: eight in Utah, 16 in other areas of the United States, two in Canada and 21 outside of North America.

"Twenty-eight of the 47 have been dedicated since I came into the First Presidency in 1981," he said. "In addition, four have been rededicated after very extensive remodeling. We now have under construction six more, located in Mt. Timpanogos

American ForkT and Vernal, Utah; St. Louis, Mo.; Hong Kong; Preston, England; and Bogota, Colombia."

He noted that additional temples have been announced for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; Madrid, Spain; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Recife, Brazil; Cochabamba, Bolivia; and Nashville, Tenn.

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