The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces 18 new temples
- President Russell M. Nelson made the announcement during the weekend's General Conference.
Details: Half the temples will be located in Latin America, including four planned for Central Mexico and two in Brazil.
- Nelson said sites near Mexico City are part of an effort to build temples where traveling to an existing one presents a challenge.
Of note: With nearly 3 million members combined, Mexico and Brazil each contain the largest number of Latter-day Saints outside the U.S.
Meanwhile, two temples will be built in the Philippines, one in South Korea, and another planned for Nigeria.
- Jacksonville, Michigan; Lone Mountain, Nevada; Prosper, Texas; and Tacoma, Washington, will also get temples.
By the numbers: Overall, the church has 168 temples operating worldwide, with 68 announced, 41 under construction and five undergoing renovations.
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