Some LDS temples to close temporarily due to COVID-19 pandemic

Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 13, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday that some of its temples will be closed starting Monday due to local governments’ concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

At all temples not required to close by the local governments of the countries they are in, appointment will be required for temple attendance starting Monday, the Church Statement says.

Read the full statement below:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Rapidly changing health conditions around the world have been a source of growing concern. Many governments have placed restrictions that have required the temporary closure of a number of temples. As we have prayerfully sought to balance these limitations with the need to carry on temple work, we have decided to make the following temporary adjustments, which are effective March 16, 2020 for all temples around the world.

  • Where government or other restrictions on public and/or religious gatherings would, in effect, preclude temple activity, proxy and living ordinances will temporarily be suspended.
  • Where government or other restrictions do not preclude all temple activity, the following temple ordinances for living persons will be accommodated as capacity permits by appointment only: husband-and-wife and child-to-parents sealing ordinances and living initiatory and endowment ordinances. On a temporary basis, proxy temple ordinances will not be performed.
  • All patron housing will be closed.

Church members will be provided with instructions when they schedule their appointments for living ordinances. Individuals with currently scheduled appointments will be contacted by temple staff.

Steps will be taken in all temples to minimize the risk of spreading disease, including reducing temple staff, limiting guests at living ordinances, and following guidelines for interacting with patrons.

Additional information will be provided to temple presidencies, and further adjustments will be made as necessary.

We look forward with great anticipation to the time when temples can again operate at full capacity and extend the blessings of temple work to members and their ancestors.

Sincerely,

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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