FamilySearch sponsor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held its semi-annual world-wide conference this past weekend. While the Church has prepared a glossy video message to explain to non-Mormons why the Church builds temples, some may wish to compare the internal messaging given by Church president and prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to members during the conference. Said Monson,
We continue to build temples. We desire that as many members as possible have an opportunity to attend the temple without traveling inordinate distances. Worldwide, 83% of our members live within 200 miles of a temple. That percentage will continue to increase as we construct new temples around the world.
Currently, there are 130 temples in operation with 16 announced or under construction.
This morning I’m pleased to announce five additional temples for which sites are being acquired and which in coming months and years will be built in the following locations:
- Brigham City, Utah,
- Concepción, Chile,
- Fortaleza, Brazil,
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and
- Sapporo, Japan.
Millions of ordinances are performed in the temples each year on behalf of our deceased loved ones. May we continue to be faithful in performing such ordinances for those who are unable to do so for themselves. I love the words of President Joseph F. Smith as he spoke of temple service and of the spirit world beyond mortality.1
“Through our efforts in their behalf their chains of bondage will fall from them, and the darkness surrounding them will clear away, that light may shine upon them and they shall hear in the spirit world of the work that has been done for them by their [people] here, and will rejoice with you in your performance of these duties.”2
For more information about the five new temples, see the official news release of the Church.
1. Thomas S. Monson, 179th Semiannual General Conference, 3 October 2009, morning session; archived online at http://lds.org/conference/sessions/display/0,5239,23-1-1117,00.html.
2. Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1939), 469-70.