During the October general conference in 1902, Church President Joseph F. Smith said he hoped that one day the Church would “have temples built in the various parts of the [world] where they are needed for the convenience of the people.”
In a general conference address in April 2011, President Thomas S. Monson noted that since the very early days of the Restoration, Latter-day Saints have been a temple-building and a temple-loving people. From 1830 to 1980, 21 were built, including the temples in Kirtland, Ohio, and Nauvoo, Illinois. In the 30 years since 1980, 115 temples were built and dedicated.
In that same address, President Monson also said 85 percent of the Church live within 200 miles of a temple. Seven years later, 25 more have been dedicated.
In the most recent general conference, just moments after announcing seven more temples to be built throughout the world, President Russell M. Nelson said: "We want to bring temples closer to the expanding membership of the Church.”
Those seven announced temples bring the total number of operating temples (159) and temples announced or under construction (30) to 189 worldwide. There are three temples scheduled for dedication, including the Concepción Chile Temple (Oct. 28), the Barranquilla Colombia Temple (Dec. 9) and the Rome Italy Temple (March 10–17, 2019). The Jordan River Utah Temple will be rededicated this weekend, May 20.
Nine temples are being renovated, including the Asunción Paraguay Temple, Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple, Frankfurt Germany Temple, Memphis Tennessee Temple, Oakland California Temple, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, Raleigh North Carolina Temple, Tokyo Japan Temple and Washington D.C. Temple. The Mesa Arizona and Hamilton New Zealand temples are scheduled for closure this year for renovation.