Temples

3 additional temples reopen in Phase 1 with 4 moving to Phase 2

In the 21st week of announcing reopenings, the Church will have as of Sept. 28 — 103 temples in Phase 2 and another 43 in Phase 1, including six designated as “paused” that are waiting for local conditions to allow a return to regular Phase 1 operations.

Today’s announcement on Newsroom includes three temples reopening from closed into the initial Phase 1 and four temples moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 on Sept. 28.

The four Phase 2 reopenings include two in California and one each in Ecuador and Tahiti. Phase 2 allows for the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals.

The four temples beginning Phase 2 operations on Sept. 28 are:

  • Guayaquil Ecuador
  • Newport Beach California
  • Papeete Tahiti
  • San Diego California

And the three temples reopening in Phase 1 — which allows for limited living husband-and-wife sealings — after being closed for the past half-year include:

  • Cochabamba Bolivia
  • Mérida Mexico
  • San Salvador El Salvador

Of the Church’s remaining 22 temples still closed, eight are undergoing extensive renovations. Of the 14 other yet-to-reopen temples three are in Mexico, two more are in Central America, six are in South America and one is in Ukraine.

By the same Sept. 28 date, Phase 2 reopenings will have occurred with temples in 26 nations across six continents and in 28 states.

The phases 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.

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