Cover story: 100th temple announced; site in historic Palmyra area

The First Presidency has announced that a temple will be built in the Palmyra, N.Y., area, often referred to as "the Cradle of the Restoration." The announcement brings to 100 the number of temples in operation, under construction or in planning stages worldwide.

The new temple will be constructed on Church property in the general area of the Sacred Grove, where Joseph Smith received the First Vision; the rebuilt Smith log cabin, where Joseph experienced the visitations from the Angel Moroni; and the Joseph Smith Sr. farm home. Not far away is the Hill Cumorah, where Joseph was given the golden plates from which was translated the Book of Mormon. The Peter Whitmer Farm in Fayette, N.Y., where the Church was organized, is about 30 miles to the east.

The new temple was announced by the First Presidency Feb. 9 in a letter to local priesthood leaders. Within the proposed Palmyra New York Temple district will be the Buffalo, Jamestown, Owego, Rochester, Rochester Palmyra, Syracuse and Utica New York stakes, which have a combined membership of about 18,000.

The Church now has 54 operating and 46 announced temples. The Church's 100th temple is the 28th to be announced since the April 1998 general conference when President Gordon B. Hinckley said that 30 smaller temples would be constructed. Also, revised plans were announced for temples in Caracas, Venezuela, and Nashville, Tenn.

During the past 11 months, as many temples have been announced as were dedicated in the first 153 years of the Church's existence.

The 100 announced or operating temples are located in 29 of the United States, seven states of Mexico, five provinces of Canada, three states of Brazil, three states of Australia, and in 28 other nations. In the United States, there are 11 temples in Utah, four in California, and two each in Hawaii, Idaho, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Countries with multiple temples are United States, 48; Mexico, 8; Canada, 6; Brazil, 4; Australia, 3; England, 2; Germany, 2; and Japan, 2.

Of the 46 temples that are announced, 24 have had groundbreakings and are under construction. (Please see chart on page 10.) Dedication dates for two temples, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico, and Madrid, Spain, have been announced for March 6-7 and March 19-21, respectively.