Eleven temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United States — six in Utah, two in Texas and one each in Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico — are the latest to have resumed offering all proxy ordinances.
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.
With the updates published Tuesday, June 15, the aforementioned 11 U.S. temples have moved to Phase 3, the latest of the previously announced 60 temples to begin offering all proxy ordinances in June or July.
Having moved to Phase 3 this week:
- Albuquerque New Mexico Temple
- Bountiful Utah Temple
- Cedar City Utah Temple
- Dallas Texas Temple
- Las Vegas Nevada Temple
- Logan Utah Temple
- Provo City Center Temple
- Provo Utah Temple
- San Antonio Texas Temple
- St. George Utah Temple
- Twin Falls Idaho Temple
With the St. George temple given Phase 3 status despite being closed for renovations, members residing in that temple district can use the online scheduling system for an appointment at the nearest operating temples.
Also, operations have paused at the following two temples because of local COVID-19 conditions and precautions:
- Arequipa Peru Temple
- Santiago Chile Temple
Previously announced as moving to Phase 2-B on June 21, which allows proxy baptisms:
- Freiberg Germany Temple
- Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple
- Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple
- Villahermosa Mexico Temple
- St. Paul Minnesota Temple
- Manhattan New York Temple
- Detroit Michigan Temple
- Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple
- Orlando Florida Temple
- Lima Peru Temple
In late May, the Church announced that 60 temples would move to Phase 3 sometime during June or July and begin offering all proxy ordinances. To date, 25 temples have moved to that level of operations; the remaining 35 are still without announced dates for their respective Phase 3 moves. They include:
Caribbean Area: Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.
Central America Area: Panama City Panama and Tegucigalpa Honduras temples.
North America Central Area: Billings Montana, Boise Idaho, Idaho Falls Idaho, Meridian Idaho, Nauvoo Illinois, Rexburg Idaho and Star Valley Wyoming.
North America Northeast Area: Montreal Quebec Temple.
North America Southeast Area: Birmingham Alabama Temple.
North America Southwest Area: Gilbert Arizona, Houston Texas, Monticello Utah, Phoenix Arizona, Snowflake Arizona, The Gila Valley Arizona and Tucson Arizona temples as well as the Mesa Arizona temple district.
North America West Area: Fresno California, Los Angeles California, Newport Beach California, Oakland California, Redlands California, Sacramento California and San Diego California temples.
Utah Area: Draper Utah, Jordan River Utah, Manti Utah, Mount Timpanogos Utah, Oquirrh Mountain Utah, Payson Utah and Vernal Utah temples as well as the Salt Lake Temple district.
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 — as of June 21 — the following breakdown of its 168 dedicated temples:
- 51 operating in Phase 3
- 80 operating in Phase 2-B
- 18 operating in Phase 2
- 2 operating in Phase 1
- 8 “paused” — 3 in Phase 3, 2 in Phase 2-B, 3 in Phase 2
- 1 still closed
- 8 closed for major renovations — 2 districts designated as Phase 3 and 4 as Phase 2-B
By the end of July, at least 139 of the Church’s 168 dedicated temples worldwide — or 82.7% — will be designated for proxy temple work.
Patrons in the districts of temples moving to Phases 3 or 2-B will be notified of the change and the starting date, and they 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.