SALT LAKE CITY — Saving what some might consider the best for last, president Russell M. Nelson announced eight new temples in his closing remarks on Sunday afternoon’s final session of the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The new temples will be located in Pago Pago, American Samoa; Okinawa City, Okinawa; Neiafu, Tonga; Tooele Valley, Utah; Moses Lake, Washington; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Antofagasta, Chile; and Budapest, Hungary.
Insisting that temple is regarded as the most sacred structure in the church, Nelson preemptively asked members to refrain from outbursts — similar to ones that have occurred in previous announcements, including when a Layton temple was announced a year ago.
“Now, please, listen carefully and reverently,” Nelson counseled before announcing new temples. “If I announce a temple in a place that is special to you, may I suggest that you simply bow your head with a silent prayer of gratitude in your heart.
“We do not want any verbal outbursts to detract from the sacred nature of this conference and the Lord’s holy temples.”
Nelson also announced that a number of pioneer-era temples will “soon undergo a period of renewal and refreshing, and, for some, a major restoration.”
“Efforts will be made to preserve the unique historicity of each temple wherever possible, preserving the inspiring beauty and unique craftsmanship of generations long-since passed,” he said.
Among those to be restored are the temples in St. George, Manti and Logan.
Nelson said the work will require each temple to be closed “for a period of time.”
“When each project is completed, each historic temple will be rededicated,” he said.
What’s more, Nelson said that plans to renovate the Salt Lake Temple, Temple Square, and the plaza near the Church Office Building will be announced on April 19.