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14 Major Church Announcements and News from 2016


12. Church Creates New Unique Mission

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In December, Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy announced the creation of a new mission—the Utah Salt Lake Headquarters Mission—as the 422nd mission of the Church.

Under the direction of mission president Warren G. Tate, the missionaries assigned to the Utah Salt Lake City Headquarters Mission will assist others in doing family history work, serve with the Temple Department, and help with military relations, security, and building maintenance.

13. 6 New Temples Dedicated, 2 Rededicated

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In 2016, there were six new temples dedicated:

     1. Provo City Center Temple, dedicated March 20, 2016, by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

     2. Sapporo Japan Temple, dedicated August 21, 2016, by President Russell M. Nelson

     3. Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, dedicated September 18, 2016, by President Henry B. Eyring

     4. Fort Collins Colorado Temple, dedicated October 16, 2016, by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

     5. Star Valley Wyoming Temple, dedicated October 30, 2016, by Elder David A. Bednar

     6. Hartford Connecticut Temple, dedicated 20 November 2016, by President Henry B. Eyring

With the Provo City Center Temple, the Church reached 150 temples all over the world. At the conclusion of the year, there are 155 operating temples worldwide.

In addition to the newly constructed and dedicated temples, two existing temples were rededicated—the Freiberg Germany Temple and the Suva Fiji Temple. The Church also broke ground for four new temples: the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, the Durban South Africa Temple, the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, and the Barranquilla Colombia Temple.

14. President Monson Announces 4 New Temples in Africa and South America

In the April 2016 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced four new temples in the following locations: Harare, Zimbabwe; Quito, Ecuador; Belém, Brazil; and Lima, Peru (which will be the second temple in Lima). Watch him announce the four new temples in the video below:

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