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Temple milestones in 2022, Part 1: Dedications, rededications just a part of Church’s historic temple building

Total temples reach 300, dedicated temples at 175 and most-in-a-year 35 new temples announced in 2022

Editor’s note: This is part 1 of a three-part series on temple milestones in 2022.

The year 2022 can be remembered as a year of many temple milestones for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Consider the following highlights:

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Attendees walk the grounds outside the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple at its dedication on Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Attendees walk the grounds at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple dedication in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, May 8, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

At the end of 2022, the Church currently has 300 total temples:

  • 175 dedicated temples, including four under renovation,
  • 56 under construction, and
  • 69 announced that are still in planning and design.

This article serves as the first part in a three-part series looking at temple milestones in 2022, with an emphasis on dedications and rededications over the past 12 months as well as those announced for the coming year.

Part 2 focuses on groundbreakings over the past year and total temples under construction as well as current and scheduled temple renovations. And Part 3 deals with temple announcements in 2022 and temples that are still in planning and design phases.

Each temple a ‘true’ milestone

Numbers and locations don’t make for true “temple milestones” or give a temple any special prominence.

Rather, each and every temple is noteworthy and special for the Latter-day Saints within that district, since the temple provides — as taught by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — opportunity to participate in sacred saving ordinances and to connect with the Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

Temple dedications in 2022

Five temples were dedicated this past year — each by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

On May 8, Elder Stevenson dedicated the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, the Church’s eighth in the South American country and 171st dedicated temple worldwide.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks to attendees at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple dedication corner stone ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, May 8, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Temples help individuals fulfill their divine potential as children of God, said Elder Stevenson, adding that by participating in ordinance work in the temple and being worthy to be there, individuals fulfill God’s vision for them.

His offering the dedicatory prayer and leading the day’s three sessions resulted in each current member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles having presided over at least one temple dedication or rededication.

Later that month, on May 22, Elder Bednar dedicated the Yigo Guam Temple, providing a temple and temple ordinances for those on the United States island territory in the western Pacific Ocean.

Elder David A. Bednar of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks to attendees at the cornerstone ceremony at the Yigo Guam Temple dedication in Yigo, Guam, on Sunday, May 22, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Previously, temple attendance required long flights to distance lands — five hours north to Tokyo, Japan; eight hours east to Honolulu, Hawaii; four hours west to Manila, Philippines; or six hours south to Brisbane, Australia.

A month later, half a world away and on an island in another ocean, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Praia Cape Verde Temple on June 19. Praia is the capital city of the 10-island nation off the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, walk to greet those outside the Praia Cape Verde Temple prior to its dedication Sunday, June 19, 2022. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

In his dedicatory prayer, Elder Andersen pleaded for much-needed moisture for dry Cabo Verde, which had been plagued by a drought dating back to 2017 and magnifying food insecurities. The result of that prayer was “the miracle of the rain” — not just sustained for days or weeks but ongoing for months.

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The year’s last two dedications came on the same day — a first for the Church in more than two decades — and on the same South American continent.

On the northeast coast of Brazil, where the mighty Amazon River empties into the Atlantic, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Belém Brazil Temple, tying the world’s largest waterway and its “pororoca” — a tidal bore where the river temporarily reverses course — as a representation of temple worthiness and ordinances and covenants.

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greets attendees as they enter the Brazil, Belem, temple prior to the second dedication session on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Individuals should put off their natural tendencies, follow the direction that comes from the Holy Ghost and rely on the merits, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ, he said. “It is our choice whether we ‘go with the flow’ or follow the Savior to receive His transforming power in our lives.”

Two hours later, on the Andean foothills facing the Pacific Ocean, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Quito Ecuador Temple, encouraging Latter-day Saints there to stay focused on the covenant path.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other general authorities walk into the dedication of the Quito Ecuador Temple in Quito, Ecuador on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

“The Savior’s Atonement is real, temple covenants are eternal,” he said, “and we must not let distractions and rationalizations pull us away from the path that will lead us back to the Savior.”

Temple rededications in 2022

Four temples that had been closed for multiple years for extensive renovations were rededicated during the past year.

On June 19, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles rededicated the Hong Kong Temple. It was the 48th temple built by the Church, dedicated in 1996 by President Gordon B. Hinckley. The temple had been closed since 2019.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the Temple Presidency of the rededicated Hong Kong Temple. From left to right are Chi-Wang Jerry Yu, Elder Gong, Yue-Sang Simon Chan, Kam-To Chun. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On July 3, President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, rededicated the Tokyo Japan Temple. President Spencer W. Kimball dedicated the temple on Oct. 27, 1980, which was not only Japan’s first temple but the Church’s first built on the vast Asian continent.

President Henry B. Eyring, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, look over the grounds prior to the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication in Tokyo on Sunday, July 3, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Calling every temple “a symbol of Jesus Christ,” President Nelson rededicated the Washington D.C. Temple on Aug. 14, 2022. The iconic temple was announced in 1968 and dedicated by President Kimball six years later.

President Nelson, dressed in white, and Sister Nelson, pose for a photo with the Washington D.C. Temple in the background.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, walk the grounds of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland, on Saturday August 13, 2022. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

And on Oct. 16, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles rededicated the Hamilton New Zealand Temple. Built from the exhausting efforts of labor missionaries in the 1950s, the New Zealand Temple — as it was known then — was originally dedicated on April 20, 1958, by President David O. McKay.

General Authority Seventy Elder Peter F. Meurs, Sister Maxine Evelyn Thatcher, Sister Shawna Nattress, General Authority Seventy Elder K. Brett Nattress, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, General Authority Seventy Elder Kevin R. Duncan, Sister Nancy Duncan, Sister Anita H. Wakolo and General Authority Seventy Elder Taniela B. Wakolo pose for a photo between sessions of the rededication of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple in Hamilton, New Zealand, on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Scheduled for dedication in 2023

Three temple dedications are already scheduled for the coming year:

Scheduled for rededication in 2023

One temple rededication is set for 2023:

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