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Starting Sunday, 5 new temples will be dedicated in just 5 weeks

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Beginning Sunday, May 19, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will dedicate five temples over five Sundays, with the first two dedications to be presided over by the same senior leader in a span of a mere 14 days.

Both are noteworthy and uncommon—but each has been replicated recently and in shorter time periods.

Also, the Church will have another two-temple dedication day in June—something that has happened only a handful of times in the past 20 years. But multiple houses of the Lord have been dedicated on the same day three times over the past year and a half, including a three-dedication day just nine months ago.

On May 19, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the Puebla Mexico Temple. Two Sundays later, on June 2, he is scheduled to dedicate the Taylorsville Utah Temple.

Three more houses of the Lord will be dedicated on successive Sundays by members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—the Cobán Guatemala Temple by Elder Dale G. Renlund on June 9, and then the Salta Argentina Temple by Elder D. Todd Christofferson and the Layton Utah Temple by Elder David A. Bednar, both on June 16.

Learn more about other multi-dedication days for temples over the years on Church News.

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