See recent pictures of temples under construction around the world

by | Mar. 31, 2021

Editor's note: This article was updated on April 5, 2021, to include the 20 temples announced in April 2021 general conference. 

Since becoming the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, President Russell M. Nelson has announced temples in every general conference for a total of 69 temples

The Church now has 168 operating temples. Eight of those temples are currently undergoing a major renovation. Additionally, 35 temples are under construction with 48 announced. 

On a recent episode of the Church News podcast, Elder David A. Bednar shared that temple construction has not stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Obviously, there were construction disruptions because of the pandemic,” Elder Bednar said. “But relatively few of those temples are behind schedule. And I find that to be just absolutely miraculous. That all over the world, with all of the varied construction circumstances that we’re in, that the construction of the temples has moved forward in such a remarkable way.” 

Here’s a look at recent updates of temples under construction or renovation and other temples that have been announced. Renderings and construction updates are included where available. 

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Note: Construction updates are mainly from the Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Facebook page, which, while not an official Church resource, curates photos and information about Latter-day Saint temples around the world.

Temples Under Construction

Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple

Alabang Philippines Temple

Antofagasta Chile Temple

Auckland New Zealand Temple

Bangkok Thailand Temple

Belém Brazil Temple

Bengaluru India Temple

Bentonville Arkansas Temple

Brasília Brazil Temple

Cobán Guatemala Temple

Davao Philippines Temple

Feather River California Temple

Harare Zimbabwe Temple

Layton Utah Temple

Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple

McAllen Texas Temple

Mendoza Argentina Temple

Moses Lake Washington Temple

Okinawa Japan Temple

Orem Utah Temple

Pocatello Idaho Temple

Praia Cape Verde Temple

Puebla Mexico Temple

Quito Ecuador Temple

Red Cliffs Utah Temple

Richmond Virginia Temple

Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple

Salta Argentina Temple

San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple

Saratoga Springs Utah Temple

Taylorsville Utah Temple

Urdaneta Philippines Temple

Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Yigo Guam Temple

Renovation Temples

Eight temples are currently undergoing major renovation. Here's a look at their progress. 

Columbus Ohio Temple

Hamilton New Zealand Temple

Hong Kong China Temple

Mesa Arizona Temple

Salt Lake Temple

St. George Utah Temple

Tokyo Japan Temple

Washington D.C. Temple

Announced Temples

The following temples were announced in general conference sessions, but construction has not yet begun. Where available, a rendering is included after the temple name. 

April 2017

• Nairobi Kenya Temple

April 2018

• Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple

• Managua Nicaragua Temple

• Russia Temple

October 2018

• Lagos Nigeria Temple

• Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple

• Salvador Brazil Temple

April 2019

• Budapest Hungary Temple

• Deseret Peak Utah Temple (Groundbreaking announced for May 2021)

• Neiafu Tonga Temple

• Pago Pago American Samoa Temple

October 2019

• Bacolod Philippines Temple

• Freetown Sierra Leone Temple

• Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Temple

April 2020

• Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple

• Benin City Nigeria Temple

• Dubai United Arab Emirates Temple

• Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple

• Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple

• Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

• Syracuse Utah Temple (Groundbreaking announced for June 2021)

• Tallahassee Florida Temple

October 2020

• Greater Guatemala City Guatemala Temple

• Lindon Utah Temple (Location announcement)

• Port Vila Vanuatu Temple

• Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple

• Sao Paulo Brazil East Temple

• Tarawa Kiribati Temple

April 2021

• 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

Renderings: Intellectual Reserve. Inc.

Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams is the mentor operations coordinator at BYU-Pathway Worldwide. Previous stops in her career include web editor with LDS Living, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. The Colorado Springs native enjoys hiking and reading.

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