President Russell M. Nelson announced eight new temples during the women’s session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference. The temples were announced in the following locations:
- Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Orem, Utah
- Bentonville, Arkansas
- Bacolod, Philippines
- Taylorsville, Utah
- Cobán, Guatemala
- McAllen, Texas
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
President Nelson’s Saturday evening announcement continues a prophetic pattern of prolific temple building.
During the October 1997 general conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley revealed plans to build three smaller than usual temples in Monticello, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Colonia Juarez Mexico. Those temples would serve as prototypes for a new design.