18 New Temples Announced at October General Conference – Deseret News

Plans to build 18 new temples, including four near Mexico City, were announced Sunday by President Russell M. Nelson at the conclusion of the 192nd annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The big announcement marked the end of a historic conference watched by a worldwide audience of millions. They heard church leaders make definitive statements condemning abuse, racism and prejudice and calling on all listeners to help build relationships and find peace and relief in Jesus Christ.

President Nelson has announced 118 temples in the past 4 12 years.

The new temples will be built at the following locations:

  • Busan, Korea
  • Naga, Philippines
  • Santiago, Philippines
  • Eket, Nigeria
  • Chiclayo, Peru
  • Downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • London, Brazil
  • Riberao Preto, Brazil
  • Heuheutenango, Guatemala
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Prosper, Texas
  • Lone Mountain, Nevada
  • Tacoma, Washington

And four in the metropolitan area of ​​Mexico City:

  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Pachuca, Mexico
  • Toluca, Mexico
  • Tula, Mexico

“Let us never lose sight of what the Lord is doing for us,” said President Nelson. “He makes his temples more accessible. He accelerates the pace at which we build temples. He increases our ability to help gather Israel.”

As the church builds temples at an unprecedented rate, its prophet-president urged members to “focus on the temple in ways you’ve never done before” and visit temples more often.

“I promise that increased time in the temple will bless your life in ways that nothing else can,” he added.

President Nelson noted the upcoming release of Season 4 of Book of Mormon videos and shared a clip depicting the appearance of Jesus Christ to the Nephites.

“It is significant that the Savior chose to appear to the people in the temple,” he said. “It’s his house. It’s filled with his power.”

President Nelson said the heavens had been open for personal revelation during the five sessions of the conferences on Saturday and Sunday.

“I pray you have set down your impressions and will follow them,” he said.

The temple announcement means that the Mexico City metropolitan area, home to 21.8 million people, will have six temples, more than any other city in the world.

The first, the Mexico City Mexico Temple, opened in 1979. The second was announced last April by President Nelson and will be known as the Mexico City Benemérito Mexico Temple.

The city’s four additional temples mean that Mexico will be home to 23 temples. The nation is home to 1.5 million Latter-day Saints in more than 1,800 congregations.

President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Everyone faces adversity, but each person can both learn from and leave an encouraging legacy. He said his mother’s example of following Christ and the prophet Mormon left an encouraging legacy.

His mother taught him that life is supposed to be hard because it is a test. He said everyone needs a faithful friend or family member to provide encouragement.

When you sit with someone as their ministering sister or ministering brother, you represent the Lord. Think about what he would do or say. He would encourage them. He would note and praise the beginning of the changes they will have to make. And he would be the perfect example for them to emulate. No one can quite do it yet, but by listening to this conference, you know you’re on your way.

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

One of the early Latter-day Saints was President Heber C. Kimball, great-grandfather of Elder Cook. He warned his contemporaries that many would see trouble, trials and persecution and be given the opportunity to show their faithfulness to God and His work.

“To meet the difficulties that are coming, it will be necessary for you to have the knowledge of the truth of this work for yourselves,” said President Kimball.

Of course, the Latter-day Saints were driven out of Missouri and Illinois. Elder Cook also spoke of the difficulties experienced in the time of the Book of Mormon prophet Alma.

In Alma’s day, in Heber’s day, and certainly in our day, we all need to seek our own testimony of Jesus Christ, curb our passions, repent of our sins, and find peace through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and be faithful to God and His work .

We all need a personal testimony of God’s work and the decisive role of Jesus Christ.

We all need to seek our own testimony of Jesus Christ, curb our passions, repent of our sins and find peace through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and be faithful to God and His work.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Stevenson encouraged listeners to nurture and bear their testimonies, asking them to consider whether they know and understand what a testimony is, whether they know how to bear one, what obstacles they face in sharing it, and how to maintain a testimony.

Every time you bear testimony or through your actions demonstrate your commitment to follow Jesus Christ, you invite others to ‘come unto Christ’.

I invite you to seek opportunities to bear your testimony in word and deed. Such an opportunity came to me recently, at the end of a meeting with the mayor of a capital in South America, in his chambers with a number of his government officials. As we closed with very cordial feelings, I hesitantly thought I should bear my testimony. After the prompting, I bore a testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and the Savior of the world. Everything changed in that moment. The spirit in the room was undeniable. It seemed that everyone was touched. I am so thankful that I mustered the courage to bear my testimony.

When a moment like this comes, grab it and embrace it. You will feel the warmth of the Comforter inside you when you do.

Elder Ryan K. Olsen, General Authority Seventies

While serving as a mission president, Elder Olsen spoke with a young sister missionary who said she did not feel qualified. He asked what she would tell someone else who felt the same way. She replied: “I wanted to tell her that the Savior knows her perfectly. I wanted to tell her he’s alive. He loves you. You’re good enough and you’ve got this!” She realized that it also applied to her.

The answer to the simplest questions and to the most complex problems is always the same. The answer is Jesus Christ. Every solution is found in Him.

How thankful we are that God loved us so much that He sent His Son. He is the answer.

May we remember that the adversary, even the father of all lies, is the architect of confusion. The Savior is the master of simplicity.

Elder Jonathan S. Schmitt General Authority of the Seventy

Following President Nelson’s earlier invitation to study the various titles and names for Jesus Christ, Elder Schmitt said he has now compiled a list of over 300 names and titles so far.

Just as Jesus knows each of us by name, one way we can get to know Jesus better is by getting to know his many names.

Jesus wants us to know Him because His is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved. … My sincere desire is that you will come to know Jesus by His many names and that you will become like Him as you exemplify His divine attributes in your life.

When we learn the many names of Jesus, we will better understand his divine mission and his selfless character. Knowing his many names also inspires us to become more like him.

Never give up on Jesus – He will never give up on you.

We increase in holiness as we regularly visit the temple where ‘Holiness to the Lord’ is engraved above each entrance. Every time we worship in the temple, we leave equipped with greater power to make our homes places of holiness. For anyone who does not currently have a recommend to enter the Holy Temple, I invite you to meet with your bishop and prepare to enter or return to the Holy Place. Time in the temple will increase the holiness of our lives.

Elder Mark D. Eddy, General Authority Seventies

Scripture is full of examples of blessings found by those who chose to test the virtue of God’s word in their lives, Elder Eddy said, noting that the word is a designation for Jesus Christ.

Does your soul winter for illumination? If so, please try the virtue of God’s word.

Do you seek to cut through all the cunning and snares and wiles of the devil that are so prevalent in the philosophies of our day? … Please try the virtue of God’s word.

I plead with you to experience the virtue of God’s Word, especially through the Book of Mormon, every day of your life.

Elder Isaac K. Morrison, General Authority Seventy

Peace and joy is available in the midst of turmoil because of Jesus Christ, said Elder Morrison, who shared the story of how one of his sons drowned in a bucket of water.

They knew that Latter-day Saint doctrine promised the possibility of being reunited with Kenneth, but they were broken. Yet they felt united and bound by their temple covenants.

Whatever the source of our challenges, they can be a golden opportunity to grow.

The love we feel because of the Savior and His Atonement becomes a powerful resource for us in our trying moments.

As we follow Him, especially in our difficult times, we can grow to be more like Him.

Songs and prayers

The prayers were offered by Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency and Professor of Ancient Scriptures at Brigham Young University, and Elder Jorge M. Alvarado, a General Authority Seventy and Puerto Rican, who is Second Counselor in the Caribbean Area Presidency.

The Temple Square Tabernacle Choir performed “There’s Sunshine in My Soul Today,” “My Heavenly Father Loves Me,” “Now Let Us Rejoice,” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.”

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