Earlier this year, with the help of Robert Dinsmoor, I wrote about Temples within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Last October, during General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced the building of twelve new Temples, all over the world.
When President Nelson announced the construction of those twelve Temples, that was the most to be announced at one time, until Sunday, when eight new Temples were announced:
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Okinawa City, Okinawa
Tooele Valley, Utah
Moses Lake, Washington
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Additionally, just days ago, Kuwait officially recognized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Church now joins a growing number of Christian congregations found in Kuwait.
“We are grateful to the Government of Kuwait and in particular to His Highness, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al -Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, for his exemplary leadership in allowing freedom of worship in the State of Kuwait, in particular for the expatriate workforce,” said Bishop Terry Harradine, leader of the Kuwait Congregation.
“We appreciate the assistance and guidance of the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs for their assistance in promoting religious tolerance within the country.”
Also during this week’s General Conference, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released their 2018 Statistical Report, which I’ve included below as a reference.
Wards and branches 30,536
Total membership 16,313,735
New children of record 102,102
Converts baptized during 2018 234,332
Full-time missionaries 65,137
Church-service missionaries 37,963
Temples dedicated during 2018
(Concepción Chile and Barranquilla Colombia) 2
Temples rededicated during 2018
(Houston Texas and Jordan River Utah) 2
Temples in operation 162
With the dedication and opening of the Rome Italy Temple, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints now has 162 operating Temples worldwide. The closest Temple to El Paso is found in Juarez, Mexico.
Personally, I look forward to the day we have a Temple in either El Paso, Texas or Las Cruces, New Mexico.