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How many Latter-day Saint temples are without an angel Moroni statue?

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Update: Since this story was first published, the Church has released renderings for additional temples. This story was last updated on November 30, 2021, to reflect those additions.

With nearly 100 temples either announced or under construction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to release new temple renderings—and several new renderings show temples that will not be topped with the angel Moroni statue. Here are some interesting facts about temples without angel Moroni statues and a look at the current renderings for new temples. 

11 Operating Temples Do Not Have an Angel Moroni Statue 

Angel Moroni statues sit atop 157 of the 170 operating temples of the Church. Currently, eleven temples do not have an angel Moroni statue:

  • Cardston Alberta Temple
  • Hamilton New Zealand Temple
  • Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
  • Laie Hawaii Temple
  • Logan Utah Temple
  • Manti Utah Temple
  • Mesa Arizona Temple
  • Oakland California Temple
  • Paris France Temple
  • Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
  • St. George Utah Temple

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Changes to the Angel Moroni Statue during Renovations 

Not included in the list above is the Hong Kong China Temple, which will lose its angel Moroni statue as part of an extensive renovation, according to a rendering released by the Church. The temple is expected to reopen sometime in 2022.

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Left: The Hong Kong China Temple from ChurchofJesusChrist.org | Right: A rendering of the Hong Kong China Temple from Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Some temples have also had an angel Moroni statue added as part of a renovation. According to Newsroom, angel Moroni statues were added to several temples in the 2000s, including the Freiberg Germany Temple (2001), the Ogden Utah Temple (2002), the Provo Utah Temple (2003), the São Paulo Brazil Temple (2003), the Tokyo Japan Temple (2004), the Bern Switzerland Temple (2005), and the London England Temple (2008). Also of note, the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple received an angel Moroni statue in 1983, nearly 40 years after its original dedication.

Last year, crews removed the angel Moroni statue from the Salt Lake Temple as part of its renovation. The statue will be preserved, refurbished, and later reinstalled, according to Newsroom.

More Renderings Released without Angel Moroni Statues

The Church has released exterior renderings of 62 new temples. Of the 62 renderings, 51 do not feature an angel Moroni statue. When these temples are complete, the total number of temples without an angel Moroni statue will be 61. The following renderings do not show an angel Moroni statue:

          • Alabang Philippines Temple
          • Antofagasta Chile Temple
          • Auckland New Zealand Temple
          • Bacolod Philippines Temple
          • Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple
          • Bengaluru India Temple
          • Bentonville Arkansas Temple
          • Brasília Brazil Temple
          • Burley Idaho Temple
          • Cali Colombia Temple
          • Casper Wyoming Temple
          • Cape Town South Africa Temple
          • Cobán Guatemala Temple
          • Davao Philippines Temple
          • Deseret Peak Utah Temple
          • Elko Nevada Temple
          • Farmington New Mexico Temple
          • Grand Junction Colorado Temple
          • Greater Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
          • Harare Zimbabwe Temple
          • Helena Montana Temple
          • Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple
          • Lindon Utah Temple
          • McAllen Texas Temple
          • Mendoza Argentina Temple
          • Moses Lake Washington Temple
          • Nairobi Kenya Temple
          • Neiafu Tonga Temple
          • Okinawa Japan Temple
          • Orem Utah Temple
          • Pago Pago American Samoa Temple
          • Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple
          • Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
          • Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Temple
          • Port Vila Vanuatu Temple
          • Praia Cabo Verde Temple
          • Provo Utah Temple
          • Queretaro Mexico Temple
          • Salvador Brazil Temple
          • San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
          • San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple
          • Smithfield Utah Temple
          • Syracuse Utah Temple
          • Tallahassee Florida Temple
          • Tarawa Kiribati Temple
          • Taylorsville Utah Temple
          • Torreón Mexico Temple
          • Willamette Valley Oregon Temple
          • Yigo Guam Temple
          • Yorba Linda California Temple

          According to Newsroom, “occasionally building codes, possible cultural misconceptions, or architectural designs preclude the use of an angel Moroni statue.”

          Temple Renderings without Moroni

          Here is a look at the 48 temple renderings currently released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that don’t include a Moroni statue. Renderings are listed in alphabetical order.

          Alabang Philippines Temple

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          Antofagasta Chile Temple

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          Auckland New Zealand Temple

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          Bacolod Philippines Temple

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          Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple

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          Bengaluru India Temple

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          Bentonville Arkansas Temple

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          Brasília Brazil Temple

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          Burley Idaho Temple

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          Cali Colombia Temple

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          Cape Town South Africa Temple

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          The rendering of the Cape Town South Africa Temple.
          Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

          Casper Wyoming Temple

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          Cobán Guatemala Temple

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          Davao Philippines Temple

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          Deseret Peak Utah Temple

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          Elko Nevada Temple

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          Farmington New Mexico Temple

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          Grand Junction Colorado Temple

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          Greater Guatemala City Guatemala Temple

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          Harare Zimbabwe Temple

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          Helena Montana Temple

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          Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple

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          Lindon Utah Temple

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          McAllen Texas Temple

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          Mendoza Argentina Temple

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          Moses Lake Washington Temple

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          Nairobi Kenya Temple

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          Neiafu Tonga Temple

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          Okinawa Japan Temple

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          Orem Utah Temple

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          Pago Pago American Samoa Temple

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          Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple

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          Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple

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          Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Temple

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          Port Vila Vanuatu Temple

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          Praia Cabo Verde Temple

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          Provo Utah Temple

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          Queretaro Mexico Temple

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          The rendering of the Queretaro Mexico Temple.
          Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

          Salvador Brazil Temple

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          San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

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          San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple

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          Smithfield Utah Temple

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          Syracuse Utah Temple

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          Tallahassee Florida Temple

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          Tarawa Kiribati Temple

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          Taylorsville Utah Temple

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          Torreón Mexico Temple

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          Willamette Valley Oregon Temple

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          Yigo Guam Temple

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          Yorba Linda California Temple

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          All images are copyright Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

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