First Presidency Announces Phased Reopening of Latter-day Saint Temples

In a letter to all Church members, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed their gratitude for the efforts of all those who have worked to address the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“With profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father that He has heard our prayers, we rejoice in announcing a careful, phased reopening of temples,” the First Presidency said. “Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, living husband-and-wife sealing ordinances will be performed in selected temples for members who have been previously endowed.”

This announcement was made and signed by The First Presidency of the church. There are four phase to temple reopening with the first one being this one.

The following temples will begin Phase 1 of reopening on May 11, 2020

  1. Boise Idaho Temple
  2. Bountiful Utah Temple
  3. Brigham City Utah Temple
  4. Cedar City Utah Temple
  5. Frankfurt Germany Temple
  6. Freiberg Germany Temple
  7. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
  8. Logan Utah Temple
  9. Manti Utah Temple
  10. Monticello Utah Temple
  11. Ogden Utah Temple
  12. Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
  13. Payson Utah Temple
  14. Provo City Center Temple
  15. Provo Utah Temple
  16. Stockholm Sweden Temple
  17. Twin Falls Idaho Temple

Phased reopening

The reopening of temples will proceed in a cautious and carefully planned and coordinated manner based on local government restrictions and as authorized by the Temple Department. The four phases of opening are designed to reduce risk, accommodate the demand and capacity of the temple, and observe any relevant health restrictions in the temple district.

Phase 1: Living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment

  • Perform living sealings only for previously endowed members under strict guidelines and safety precautions

Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only

  • Perform all temple ordinances for living individuals
  • Maintain closure of patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations

Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions

  • Continue providing ordinances for living individuals
  • Provide proxy ordinances for ancestors in a restricted manner
  • Open patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations as needed

Phase 4: Open for full operations

  • Resume regular temple operations

As directed by the Temple Department, other temples will be reopened based on local government and public health directives. They will follow this same phased approach in reopening, beginning with husband-and-wife sealings by appointment.

This is the letter the First Presidency outline.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are thankful for all who have worked to address the effects of this global pandemic. As a Church, we have sought to be cautious in our actions and to limit the gathering of our members, even for weekly worship and sacred temple work.
With profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father that He has heard our prayers, we rejoice in announcing a carefully coordinated, cautious, and phased reopening of temples. With this letter, we are authorizing the reopening of 17 temples.
Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, living husband-and-wife sealing ordinances will be performed in selected temples for members who have been previously endowed. These sealings will be conducted with a minimum number of temple staff, and a limited number of participants, according to local government restrictions. As changing restrictions and local conditions allow, the Temple Department will authorize the reopening of additional temples and expanded opportunities will be made available for receiving living child-to-parent sealings and own-endowment ordinances, as well as participation in proxy ordinances. Further information, as well as a list of temples that will reopen now, may be found at Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and will be sent to Church leaders.
We ask for your continued faith and prayers that this pandemic and its lingering effects may pass. We look forward to the day that we can resume full operation of our temples, congregations, and missionary service.
Sincerely,
The First Presidency

See a full list of temples and their current status.

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

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