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LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson announces 20 more temples to be constructed

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to build 20 new temples throughout the world. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day{ } Saints)

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to build 20 new temples throughout the world.

They will be constructed in the following locations:

  • Oslo, Norway
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Kumasi, Ghana
  • Beira, Mozambique
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Cali, Colombia
  • Querétaro, México
  • Torreón, México
  • Helena, Montana
  • Casper, Wyoming
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Farmington, New Mexico
  • Burley, Idaho
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Elko, Nevada
  • Yorba Linda, California
  • Smithfield, Utah

This is the second-highest number of temples announced at one time in the history of the Church. At the April 1998 general conference, former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced plans to construct as many as 32 new temples, though he did not list specific locations.

The Church now has 251 temples announced, under construction or operating.

SUMMARY OF SUNDAY MORNING SESSION AS STATED IN NEWS RELEASE

Nelson anchored the Sabbath day gathering of the 191st Annual General Conference, testifying to his vast audience that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ delivers hope to a divided, weary world.

“My dear brothers and sisters, my call to you this Easter morning is to start today to increase your faith,” the Church President was quoted in a press release. “Through your faith, Jesus Christ will increase your ability to move the mountains in your life, even though your personal challenges may loom as large as Mount Everest.”

Faith in the Savior, he assured, makes all things possible.

Sunday morning’s session was distinctly international, reflecting a global Church. Each speaker hailed from a different country — and the prerecorded music was performed by a variety of choirs from around the world singing in their native languages.

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and a native of Brazil, said Easter is a joyous celebration of “the most immeasurable act that has occurred in all of human history” — the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

“I assure you that as we put our trust in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, enduring in our faith to the end, we will enjoy the promises of our Beloved Heavenly Father, who does everything within His power to help us return to His presence one day,” he said.

New Zealand native Elder S. Mark Palmer, a General Authority Seventy, said a knowledge of the Resurrection of Christ gives meaning and purpose to life. “I invite all who feel sorrow, all who wrestle with doubt, all who wonder what happens after we die, to place your faith in Christ.”

Sister Reyna Isabel Aburto, a Nicaraguan and second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, spoke of the pain of losing her brother to an earthquake when he was a child. But she testified that her brother will live again because of the “redeeming Atonement and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

A Zimbabwe native and a General Authority Seventy, Elder Edward Dube taught that individuals can face mortality’s challenges by pressing forward with faith in Heavenly Father and His Son.

My humble invitation to all of us is to never give up,” said Elder Dube.

Elder Jose A. Teixeira of the Presidency of the Seventy, a Portugal native, said the journey back to God requires a person to remember his or her heritage — and to remember to pray and serve others. “As we strive to follow Jesus Christ by serving and showing kindness to others, we make the world a better place.”

Fiji native Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, a General Authority Seventy, testified that God demonstrates His love by providing eternal relationships, calling prophets and, when necessary, chastising His children.

“Sometimes God manifests His love by chastening us,” he said. “It is a way of reminding us that He loves us and that He knows who we are.”

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong, a General Authority Seventy who was born in Hong Kong, taught that safety is found by anchoring one’s life to the Rock of Jesus Christ. “Our entire lives should be filled with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not part of our life, but our life is actually part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Philippines native Elder Michael John U. Teh, a General Authority Seventy, declared that “knowing” the Savior is different than simply “knowing about” the Savior.

“I am realizing that how intimately I know the Savior significantly influences my ability to hear Him, as well as how I respond,” said Elder Teh.

Prayers at the Sunday morning session were offered by Elder Terence M. Vinson, an Australian-born member of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, a General Authority Seventy from Mexico.

SUMMARY OF SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSION AS STATED IN NEWS RELEASE

Many elements of the 191st Annual General Conference April 3-4 were conspicuously different than preceding, pre-COVID-19 conferences.

Throngs of people didn’t flood the streets and sidewalks around Church headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City between sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Instead, Church leaders spoke to an empty auditorium in the Conference Center Littler Theater on Temple Square.

This conference the speaker wasn’t framed by the matching outfits of the Tabernacle Choir members or the towering pipes of the organ. Instead, musical numbers were prerecorded from prior conferences and, for one of the first times in a general session, several selections originated from locations around the world.

In lieu of gatherings full of hugs, handshakes and well wishes, Church leaders sat 6-feet apart with faces partially obscured by medical masks.

Even though COVID-19 continues to disrupt “normal” conference customs, the Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, in a powerful act of faith in the future, announced 20 new temples to be built throughout the world.

President Dallin H. Oaks began the Sunday session by testifying of the divinely inspired Constitution of the United States and encouraged members to uphold and defend its principles.

Because of the many threats that undermine the Constitution’s inspired principles, Latter-day Saints have a responsibility to learn and advocate its principles, he taught. “We should seek out and support wise and good persons who will support those principles in their public actions (Doctrine and Covenants 98:10). We should be knowledgeable citizens who are active in making our influence felt in civic affairs.”

Three Apostles offered remarks: Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder David A. Bednar.

Elder Rasband taught that miracles are expressions of God’s limitless power and abound among followers of Jesus Christ today.

“The Lord performs miracles to remind us of His power, His love for us, His reach from the heavens to our mortal experience, and His desire to teach of that which is of most worth,” he said.

Elder Christofferson taught that following the covenant path leads to heaven, happy living and the comforting companionship of the Holy Ghost and fellow Latter-day Saints.

“Following the principles and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ day by day is the happiest and most satisfying course in life,” he said.

Telling listeners that they have been “blessed abundantly” to learn about eternal principles from the Lord’s authorized servants, Elder Bednar invited Latter-day Saints to “learn, live and love principles of righteousness.”

“Only gospel truths can enable us to ‘cheerfully do all things that lie in our power’ to press forward on the covenant path and to ‘see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed,’” Elder Bednar said.

General Authority Seventy Elder Timothy John Dyches testified that the Savior’s spiritual light is equally as important as sunlight is for all life on Earth.

The light of Christ, frequently called a conscience, leads to receiving the Holy Ghost’s influence, which is the greatest source of light from Heavenly Father in mortality, Elder Dyches said.

Prior to President Nelson’s announcement of new temples, Elder Alan R. Walker, a General Authority Seventy serving in Guatemala, said in a prerecorded message that the ongoing Restoration includes an increase in the number of temples as the work of gathering Israel continues.

“Following the principles and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ day by day is the happiest and most satisfying course in life,” he said.

Telling listeners that they have been “blessed abundantly” to learn about eternal principles from the Lord’s authorized servants, Elder Bednar invited Latter-day Saints to “learn, live and love principles of righteousness.”

“Only gospel truths can enable us to ‘cheerfully do all things that lie in our power’ to press forward on the covenant path and to ‘see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed,’” Elder Bednar said.

General Authority Seventy Elder Timothy John Dyches testified that the Savior’s spiritual light is equally as important as sunlight is for all life on Earth.

The light of Christ, frequently called a conscience, leads to receiving the Holy Ghost’s influence, which is the greatest source of light from Heavenly Father in mortality, Elder Dyches said.

Prior to President Nelson’s announcement of new temples, Elder Alan R. Walker, a General Authority Seventy serving in Guatemala, said in a prerecorded message that the ongoing Restoration includes an increase in the number of temples as the work of gathering Israel continues.

“As we gather on both sides of the veil, as we make sacrifices to serve and make the temple pivotal in our lives, the Lord is truly building us — He is building His covenant people,” he said.

President Henry B. Eyring conducted the session and Elder Randy D. Funk, General Authority Seventy, and Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency offered prayers, respectively.

Prerecorded musical selections performed by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square with directors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy included “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “He Sent His Son” and “Let Us All Press On.”

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