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Temple milestones in 2022, Part 3: 35 temples announced is the most in a single year

President Nelson announced 17 temples in April 2022 general conference and another 18 in October — one more than he announced in 2021

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At right, President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of April 2022 general conference, when he announced 17 new temple locations. At left, the site location map and exterior rendering for the Knoxville Tennessee Temple, one of the 17 announced that day.

Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News; site map and rendering from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Temple milestones in 2022, Part 3: 35 temples announced is the most in a single year

President Nelson announced 17 temples in April 2022 general conference and another 18 in October — one more than he announced in 2021

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At right, President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of April 2022 general conference, when he announced 17 new temple locations. At left, the site location map and exterior rendering for the Knoxville Tennessee Temple, one of the 17 announced that day.

Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News; site map and rendering from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Editor’s note: This is part 3 of a three-part series on temple milestones in 2022.

At the close of April 2021 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced 20 new temples — the most ever announced in a single setting.

He didn’t top that 20-location number at either general conference held in 2022.

But with the 17 new temples President Nelson announced in April’s concluding session and the 18 in October’s final session, the 35 temples make for the largest single-year total for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The 20 announced in April 2021 general conference, coupled with the 13 from October 2021 general conference and the May 2021 announcement of the Ephraim Utah Temple, makes for a total of 34 for the year — just one shy of this year’s 35.

The totals of temples announced for both years is well beyond the previous high — the 26 new locations announced in 1998, when the Church was working toward the challenge from then-President Gordon B. Hinckley to have 100 dedicated and operating temples by the end of the year 2000, the end of the 20th century.

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.

And evidence of today’s accelerated pace of the Church’s global temple-building efforts, 14 of the 35 temples announced in 2022 already have site locations released, with two having exterior renderings as well.

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Exterior rendering of the Knoxville Tennessee Temple, which was announced by President Russell M. Nelson in April 2022 general conference.

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This concluding part of a three-part series on 2022’s temple milestones looks specifically at temple announcements over the past year and the Church’s previously announced temples still in planning and design.

Part 1 focused on temple dedications and rededications in 2022, with Part 2 on temple groundbreakings over the past 12 months and temples that are currently under construction or renovation.

Temples announced in April 2022

The 17 locations announced by President Nelson in April 2022 general conference for new temples are:

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During the April 2022 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced locations for 17 new temples.

Aaron Thorup, for the Church News

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Exterior rendering of the Modesto California Temple, which was announced by President Russell M. Nelson in April 2022 general conference.

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Temples announced in October 2022

When announcing the 18 new temple locations during October 2022 general conference, President Nelson began by listing 14 cities.

“We are also planning to build multiple temples in selected large metropolitan areas where travel time to an existing temple is a major challenge,” President Nelson continued. “Therefore, I am pleased to announce four additional locations near Mexico City where new temples will be built.”

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President Russell M. Nelson announced 18 new temple locations during the Sunday afternoon session of the October 2022 general conference on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.

Aaron Thorup, for the Church News

The 18 total locations are:

  • Busan, Korea
  • Naga, Philippines
  • Santiago, Philippines
  • Eket, Nigeria
  • Chiclayo, Peru
  • Buenos Aires City Center, Argentina
  • Londrina, Brazil — a site location was released on Nov. 28 for the Londrina Brazil Temple.
  • Ribeirão Preto, Brazil — a site location was released on Nov. 28 for the Ribeirão Preto Brazil Temple.
  • Huehuetenango, Guatemala
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan — a site location was released on Nov. 7 for the Grand Rapids Michigan Temple.
  • Prosper, Texas
  • Lone Mountain, Nevada — a site location was released on Dec. 12 for the Lone Mountain Nevada Temple.
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Pachuca, Mexico
  • Toluca, Mexico
  • Tula, Mexico
Site location map for the Lone Mountain Nevada Temple.

Site location map for the Lone Mountain Nevada Temple.

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More site locations

Other temples announced prior to 2022 that had site locations released in the past year are the Teton River Idaho, Singapore, São Paulo East Brazil, Fort Worth Texas, Santa Cruz Bolivia, Kaohsiung Taiwan and Santiago West Chile temples.

Other previously announced temples with site locations released pre-2022 are the Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, Tarawa Kiribati, Port Vila Vanuatu, Belo Horizonte Brazil, Cali Colombia and Cape Town South Africa temples.

Others still in planning and design

Other previously announced temples still in planning and design and without site locations or exterior renderings are, as listed by the general conference when each was announced:

April 2018: Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, and a yet-to-be-determined city in Russia.

October 2018: Lagos, Nigeria.

April 2019: Budapest, Hungary.

April 2020: Benin City, Nigeria; Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

April 2021: Oslo, Norway; Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; Kumasi, Ghana; and Beira, Mozambique.

October 2021: Tacloban City, Philippines; Monrovia Liberia; Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Cuiiacán Mexico Temple; Vitória, Brazil; La Paz, Bolivia; and Cody, Wyoming.

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