SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to build a temple in Smithfield. The announcement Sunday afternoon, came during the final session of the church’s general conference, as he declared the locations of 20 future sites, the second-highest number of temples announced at one time in the history of the Church.
The Smithfield Utah Temple will be the second temple in Cache County and the 25th in Utah. The Logan Utah Temple was the second pioneer-era temple to be dedicated in the state.
In April 7, 2019, President Nelson announced plans to close and renovate the Logan, Manti, St. George and Salt Lake City temples. Renovation for the latter two has already begun and no date has been announced for the Logan and Manti renovations to begin.
The exact location and design of the Smithfield Temple was not given.
During the announcement, President Nelson said, “We are building now for the future!” He noted that even though temples throughout the world have been partially closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will open when local government regulations allow it.
“Do all you can to bring COVID numbers down in your area so that your temple opportunities can increase,” stated President Nelson. “Meanwhile, keep your temple covenants and blessings foremost in your minds and hearts. Stay true to the covenants you have made.”
In addition to the new temple in Smithfield, President Nelson also announced temples to be built in eight other locations in the United States, including:
- Burley, Idaho
- Elko, Nevada
- Helena, Montana
- Casper, Wyoming
- Eugene, Oregon
- Yorba Linda, California
- Grand Junction, Colorado
- Farmington, New Mexico
The other 11 international sites included:
- 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
President Nelson concluded his address stating, “We want to bring the house of the Lord even closer to our members, that they may have the sacred privilege of attending the temple as often as their circumstances allow.”
Many elements of the 191st Annual General Conference April 3-4 was conspicuously different than preceding, pre-COVID-19 conferences.
Throngs of people didn’t flood the streets and sidewalks around Church headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City between sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Instead, Church leaders spoke to an empty auditorium in the Conference Center Littler Theater on Temple Square.
In lieu of gatherings full of hugs, handshakes and well wishes, Church leaders sat 6-feet apart with faces partially obscured by medical masks.