LDS Church will soon allow temple attendance without appointment

Salt Lake City Temple. File photo: Intellectual Reserve

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 3, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have announced a change geared to help members resume regular worship in temples.

A Friday morning news release from the Church points out that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became necessary for members “to exclusively schedule appointments to attend a House of the Lord.”

Despite the advantages setting an appointment provides, there are times when members would like to attend a temple without having to schedule in advance, and that’s what has prompted the upcoming change.

“Soon, Latter-day Saints who would like to attend the temple to perform proxy ordinances will have the option to either reserve an appointment or attend without an appointment, where space is available,” the news release says.

Priority will be given to those who have appointments, and patrons who attend without a reservation may be asked to wait for an opportunity to participate.

“As it has always been, appointments will still be necessary for all members who come to receive their own ordinances (endowment and sealing),” according to the news release.

An email will go out to Church members to let them know when the option to attend the temple nearest to them without an appointment will begin.


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