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Baptistries Reopening To Small Groups In 14 Temples Across Globe

Mar 15, 2021, 11:19 AM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A limited number of temples will allow for baptistries to open for small groups of people. Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have announced.

Church leaders made the announcement Monday.

The Church has been reopening its temples in phases based on each location’s local circumstances as well as government restrictions related to the pandemic.

Temples in Phase 1 can hold living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment.

Under Phase 2, all living ordinances can be performed with priorities given to those who will be sealed. Phase 2-B allows for all living ordinances, as well as baptisms for deceased individuals. Certain restrictions will remain in place for both phases.

All ordinances with restrictions can be performed at temples in Phase 3. Locations in Phase 4 can resume regular temple operations.

The following temples will begin operating in Phase 2-B beginning as early as March 29:

  • Asunción, Paraguay
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Córdoba, Argentina
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Medford, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Twin Falls, Idaho

Click here to view a full list of each temple and its reopening status.

“We are grateful for this opportunity for more members to participate in temple ordinances,” said Church President Russell M. Nelson.

The temples will continue to operate under safety protocols, which include health screenings, temperature checks, and a limited number of patrons and workers in the temples at a time, according to the Church.

“We encourage small groups — including new members, families, Aaronic Priesthood quorums, Young Women classes, and young adult groups — to schedule a time to be in the temple,” said Elder David A. Bednar, who leads the Church’s Temple and Family History Council. “We are thrilled at the ability to provide these sacred ordinances to our deceased ancestors again, and for members of the Church to again worship in the house of the Lord.”

 

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Baptistries Reopening To Small Groups In 14 Temples Across Globe