LDS Church Announces Sixth Idaho Temple
(KLIX) – Idaho will get another LDS temple.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the announcement on Sunday during its annual general conference in Salt Lake City.
Church President Thomas S. Monson said the new temple will be built in Pocatello. The construction of four other temples also was announced for Brasilia, Brazil, the greater Manila are of the Philippines, Nairobi, Kenya and Saratoga Springs, Utah.
The Pocatello Temple will be Idaho’s sixth. The church has temples in Boise, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Twin Falls, the latter which was dedicated in 2008. The Meridian Temple will be dedicated in November.
In all, the church has 182 temples either built or under construction in many parts of the world.
Temples are sacred buildings to the Latter-day Saints, where, according to Mormon belief, husbands and wives are married not only for this life but for eternity and where proxy baptism and other religious rites are performed.
According to the statistical report announced during the Saturday afternoon session, the church has 70,946 full-time missionaries, 155 temples in operation, and a membership of nearly 16 million -- 15,882,417, up from the 15,634,199 reported at last year's April conference.
The twice-yearly general conference includes speakers from the highest ranks of the LDS Church, including members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency. Topics include such things as deepening faith in Jesus Christ, forgiveness, Sabbath day observance, temple work and brotherly love.
Elder Dale G. Renlund admonished church members against judging others.
“Everyone, including people of religion, has the right to express his or her opinions in the public square,” he said. “But no one has a license to be hateful towards others as those opinions are expressed.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland compared the church to a choir with many voices, including those with “differing sexual attractions.”
“That chorus cannot be fully, faithfully sung until we have honorably cared for the poor,” he said. “There is room for those with differing sexual attractions. In short, there is a place for everyone who loves God and honors his commandments.”
And Monson said during the Saturday night Priesthood session, "Brethren, you cannot honor the priesthood of God if you're not kind to others."
Correction: The Pocatello Temple will be Idaho's sixth LDS temple, not its fifth as originally reported. The Meridian Temple will be dedicated in November. We regret the error.