President Monson announces new temple in Phoenix, Ariz.

President Thomas S. Monson announced May 24 that the Church plans to build a new temple in Phoenix, Ariz., bringing the worldwide total number of temples already in operation or in the planning and constructions phases to 140.

"The blessings of the temple are eternal," said President Monson. "Those who come to this holy house will feel of God's love for His children and come to a greater understanding of their own divine origin and potential as His sons and daughters."

The Phoenix temple will bring the total number of temples in Arizona to five. There are currently two operating temples in Mesa and Snowflake, Ariz., and two announced temples scheduled to be built in Gila Valley and Gilbert, Ariz.

(On April 26, 2008 plans were announced for temples to be constructed in Gila Valley and Gilbert. See story: Two new temples: Gilbert, Gila Valley)

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