With temples in Utah among the Church’s 60 announced as moving in June or July to offer all proxy ordinances, the Utah Area Presidency is reminding Latter-day Saints preparing to return to the temple in coming weeks of new protocols.
The protocols include appointments being required for all proxy ordinances, email notifications when online reservations become available, and limitations to scheduling—for now—with one’s assigned temple and not including friends and family from outside the temple district.
In a June 2 letter to local leaders and ward and stake councils, the Utah Area Presidency—comprised of Elders Craig C. Christensen, Evan A. Schmutz and Walter F. González, all General Authority Seventies—noted the protocols as temples continue their cautious phased reopenings after all were closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The presidency asks that the letter be read to Utah congregations during sacrament meeting.
Phase 3 is for temples offering all proxy and living ordinances, with Utah temples to be advancing from Phase 2-B, which is all living ordinances and proxy baptisms.
Read the full letter from the Utah Area Presidency at Church News.