Operations at five temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being adjusted, with another 30 temples prepping to move to new levels of operations and proxy ordinances offered beginning next week.
After completely closing all of its temples worldwide in late March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church continues to reopen its temples and their operations in a careful and cautious four-phase plan.
As announced Monday, May 3, five temples will have operations adjusted this week.
Four temples in Brazil, previously paused because of local COVID-19 conditions, are resuming operations in Phase 2 and offering all living ordinances. They include:
- Campinas Brazil Temple
- Fortaleza Brazil Temple
- Recife Brazil Temple
- São Paulo Brazil Temple
Also, one temple that moved to Phase 2-B last month — offering proxy baptisms — is returning to Phase 2 operations.
- Toronto Ontario Temple
As announced last week, three temples in the United States and England will start offering all proxy ordinances beginning May 10, with 27 temples in the U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Panama and the Philippines offering proxy baptisms in Phase 2-B on the same date.
Moving to Phase 3 and offering all living and proxy ordinances:
- Kansas City Missouri Temple
- London England Temple
- Preston England Temple
Moving to Phase 2-B and adding proxy baptisms to living ordinances:
- Atlanta Georgia Temple
- Birmingham Alabama Temple
- Cebu City Philippines Temple
- Columbia South Carolina Temple
- Dallas Texas Temple
- Fresno California Temple
- Guadalajara Mexico Temple
- Houston Texas Temple
- Indianapolis Indiana Temple
- Los Angeles California Temple
- Louisville Kentucky Temple
- Lubbock Texas Temple
- Monterrey Mexico Temple
- Nauvoo Illinois Temple
- Newport Beach California Temple
- Oakland California Temple
- Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
- Panama City Panama Temple
- Port-Au-Prince Haiti Temple
- Raleigh North Carolina Temple
- Redlands California Temple
- Sacramento California Temple
- San Antonio Texas Temple
- San Diego California Temple
- Tampico Mexico Temple
- Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple
- Veracruz Mexico Temple
Phase 1 allows for limited living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment, while Phase 2 allows for those sealing as well as all other living ordinances, also by appointment. Phase 2-B offers all living ordinances and proxy baptisms, by appointment. Phase 3 includes everything from the first two phases and the performance of temple ordinances for deceased individuals.
With the latest changes, the Church will have — through May 10 — the following breakdown of its 168 dedicated temples:
- 27 operating in Phase 3
- 75 operating in Phase 2-B
- 46 operating in Phase 2
- 4 operating in Phase 1
- 7 “paused” — 2 in Phase 3, 4 in Phase 2, 1 in Phase 1
- 1 still closed
- 8 closed for major renovations
Of the seven temples that currently have “paused” operations because of local COVID-19 conditions and restrictions, two had reached Phase 3 operations, four had reached Phase 2 and the other one Phase 1.
Patrons in the districts of temples in Phases 3 and 2-B can begin scheduling ordinance reservations online via the temple’s information page at temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org a week before the reopening date.
The Church’s sole temple still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic is the Kyiv Ukraine Temple.
An area-by-area listing of the current status of each of the Church’s 168 dedicated temples is available on the Church News’ temple reopening status tracker. Clicking on a temple name in the temple status tracker takes the user to that temple’s information page at temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org where proxy ordinance work can be scheduled online.
Closures and reopenings
On Feb. 21 and 22, 2020, four temples in the Church’s Asia and Asia North areas closed because of the developing pandemic. By the end of that month, 24 temples had closed.
By March 24, 2020, a month after the first closures, the number of pandemic-closed temples had reached 111. A day later, the First Presidency announced the closure of all operating temples worldwide.
Temples remained closed for six weeks, until the First Presidency announced “a carefully coordinated, cautious and phased reopening of temples” on May 7, 2020. Less than a week later, on May 11, a group of 17 temples became the first to open in Phase 1, offering limited living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment.
In a July 20, 2020 letter, the First Presidency announced both changes to the temple endowment ceremony and the start of reopened temples to move to Phase 2. Seven days later, on July 27, the first 12 temples being upgraded to Phase 2 began performing once again all living temple ordinances, by appointment.
On Dec. 7, 2020, the First Presidency identified four temples as the first to advance to Phase 3 of the Church’s four-phase reopening plan as early as Dec. 21, 2020. On that Dec. 21 date, the Taipei Taiwan Temple was the first to have proxy ordinances joining living ordinances as being performed on a limited basis.
On March 15, 2021, the First Presidency announced the first 13 temples to move to Phase 2-B later that month. The new phase designation expands the Phase 2 allowance for all living ordinances with proxy baptisms, with the temple baptistry is open for small groups — particularly for members with a limited-use recommend.
Four phases of reopening
The four phases of the Church’s reopening plan are:
- Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only. Temple workers will perform living sealings only for previously endowed members, with the ordinances done under strict guidelines and safety precautions.
- Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only. Temple workers will perform all temple ordinances for living individuals, but temples will maintain closure of patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations.
- Phase 2-B: Open for all living ordinances and proxy baptisms. The temple baptistry is open for small groups — particularly for members with a limited-use recommend.
- Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions. Temple workers will continue providing ordinances for living individuals and provide proxy ordinances for ancestors in a restricted manner. The Church may open patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations as needed.
- Phase 4: Open for full operations. The Church will resume regular temple operations.