A Message from the First Presidency on Changes to the Temple Endowment

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July 20, 2020
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A Message from the First Presidency on Changes to the Temple Endowment

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July 20, 2020
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A Message from the First Presidency on Changes to the Temple Endowment

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following message on Monday, July 20, 2020, about changes to the temple endowment ceremony:

The sacred teachings, promises, and ceremonies of the temple are of ancient origin, and point God’s children to Him as they make further covenants and learn more about His plan, including the role of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Through inspiration, the methods of instruction in the temple experience have changed many times, even in recent history, to help members better understand and live what they learn in the temple.

Part of the temple experience includes the making of sacred covenants, or promises, to God. Most people are familiar with symbolic actions that accompany the making of religious covenants (such as prayer, immersion of an individual at baptism, or holding hands during a marriage ceremony). Similar simple, symbolic actions accompany the making of temple covenants.

With a concern for all and a desire to enhance the temple learning experience, recent changes have been authorized to the temple endowment ceremony. Given the sacredness of the temple ceremonies, we ask our members and friends not to engage in speculation or public discussions about these changes. Rather, we invite Church members to continue to look forward to the day when they may return and fully participate in sacred temple work prayerfully and gratefully.

Phased temple reopenings have been announced each week since May 11, 2020. Most temples are in Phase 1 of reopening. Beginning July 27, 12 temples will enter Phase 2. See a full list of temples and their current status.

Temple Status 

The following three temples will begin Phase 1 of reopening on July 27, 2020, bringing to date a total of 125 temples reopening:

  • Columbia River Washington Temple

  • Guayaquil Ecuador Temple

  • Preston England Temple

The following 12 temples will begin Phase 2 of reopening on July 27, 2020.

  • Billings Montana Temple

  • Bismarck North Dakota Temple

  • Columbus Ohio Temple

  • Copenhagen Denmark Temple

  • Frankfurt Germany Temple

  • Freiberg Germany Temple

  • Helsinki Finland Temple

  • Seoul Korea Temple

  • Stockholm Sweden Temple

  • Taipei Taiwan Temple

  • The Hague Netherlands Temple

  • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple

See a full list of temples and their current status

The following seven temples began Phase 1 of reopening on July 20, 2020, bringing to date a total of 122 temples reopening:

  • Fortaleza Brazil Temple

  • London England Temple

  • Manaus Brazil Temple

  • Oakland California Temple

  • Recife Brazil Temple

  • São Paulo Brazil Temple

  • Suva Fiji Temple

The following six temples began Phase 1 of reopening on July 13, 2020, bringing to date a total of 115 temples reopening:

  • Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

  • Los Angeles California Temple

  • Montreal Quebec Temple

  • Porto Alegre Brazil Temple

  • Seattle Washington Temple

  • Spokane Washington Temple

Two temples which had previously reopened as Phase 1, the Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico Temple and the Monterrey Mexico Temple, are now closed. The following 12 temples began Phase 1 of reopening on July 6, 2020, bringing to date a total of 109 temples reopening:

  • Asunción Paraguay Temple

  • Boston Massachusetts Temple

  • Fresno California Temple

  • Madrid Spain Temple

  • Manhattan New York Temple

  • Montevideo Uruguay Temple

  • Newport Beach California Temple

  • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple

  • Rome Italy Temple

  • Redlands California Temple

  • Sacramento California Temple

  • San Diego California Temple

The following six temples began Phase 1 of reopening on June 29, 2020, bringing to date a total of 99 temples reopening:

  • Columbia South Carolina Temple

  • Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple

  • Guadalajara Mexico Temple

  • Las Vegas Nevada Temple

  • Monterrey Mexico Temple

  • Toronto Ontario Temple

The following four temples began Phase 1 of reopening on June 22, 2020, bringing to date a total of 93 temples reopening:

  • Apia Samoa Temple

  • Brisbane Australia Temple

  • Paris France Temple

  • Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple

The following 12 temples began Phase 1 of reopening on June 15, 2020, bringing to date a total of 89 temples reopening:

  • Curitiba Brazil Temple

  • Detroit Michigan Temple

  • Durban South Africa Temple

  • Hartford Connecticut Temple

  • Johannesburg South Africa Temple

  • Kona Hawaii Temple

  • Laie Hawaii Temple

  • Manila Philippines Temple

  • Medford Oregon Temple

  • Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple

  • Palmyra New York Temple

  • Portland Oregon Temple

The following 11 temples began Phase 1 of reopening on June 8, 2020, bringing to date a total of 77 temples reopening:

  • Aba Nigeria Temple

  • Accra Ghana Temple

  • Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple

  • Indianapolis Indiana Temple

  • Lisbon Portugal Temple

  • Lubbock Texas Temple

  • Meridian Idaho Temple

  • Papeete Tahiti Temple

  • Reno Nevada Temple

  • Rexburg Idaho Temple

  • Sapporo Japan Temple

The following 14 temples began Phase 1 of reopening on June 1, 2020, bringing to date a total of 66 temples reopening:

  • Adelaide Australia Temple

  • Albuquerque New Mexico Temple

  • Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

  • Calgary Alberta Temple

  • Fukuoka Japan Temple

  • Melbourne Australia Temple

  • Nauvoo Illinois Temple

  • Perth Australia Temple

  • Raleigh North Carolina Temple

  • San Antonio Texas Temple

  • St. Louis Missouri Temple

  • Sydney Australia Temple

  • The Hague Netherlands Temple

  • Vernal Utah Temple

The following 18 temples began Phase 1 of reopening on May 25, 2020, bringing to date a total of 52 temples reopening:

  • Anchorage Alaska Temple

  • Cardston Alberta Temple

  • Columbus Ohio Temple

  • Dallas Texas Temple

  • Denver Colorado Temple

  • Draper Utah Temple

  • Edmonton Alberta Temple

  • Fort Collins Colorado Temple

  • Helsinki Finland Temple

  • Houston Texas Temple

  • Kansas City Missouri Temple

  • Louisville Kentucky Temple

  • Mount Timpanogos Temple

  • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple

  • Orlando Florida Temple

  • Regina Saskatchewan Temple

  • St. Paul Minnesota Temple

  • Vancouver British Columbia Temple

The following 17 temples began Phase 1 of reopening on May 18, 2020, bringing to date a total of 34 temples reopening:

  • Atlanta Georgia Temple

  • Billings Montana Temple

  • Birmingham Alabama Temple

  • Bismarck North Dakota Temple

  • Copenhagen Denmark Temple

  • Gilbert Arizona Temple

  • Jordan River Utah Temple

  • Memphis Tennessee Temple

  • Nashville Tennessee Temple

  • Phoenix Arizona Temple

  • Seoul Korea Temple

  • Snowflake Arizona Temple

  • Star Valley Wyoming Temple

  • Taipei Taiwan Temple

  • The Gila Valley Arizona Temple

  • Tucson Arizona Temple

  • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple

The following 17 temples began Phase 1 of reopening on May 11, 2020*:

  • Boise Idaho Temple

  • Bountiful Utah Temple

  • Brigham City Utah Temple

  • Cedar City Utah Temple

  • Frankfurt Germany Temple

  • Freiberg Germany Temple

  • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple

  • Logan Utah Temple

  • Manti Utah Temple

  • Monticello Utah Temple

  • Ogden Utah Temple

  • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple

  • Payson Utah Temple

  • Provo City Center Temple

  • Provo Utah Temple

  • Stockholm Sweden Temple

  • Twin Falls Idaho Temple

*Some temples in Idaho and Utah are undergoing annual maintenance and will reopen as that work is completed.