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New temple to be built in San Antonio, Texas

June 25, 2001
SALT LAKE CITY — President Gordon B. Hinckley, world leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has announced that a new temple will be built in San Antonio, Texas.

President Hinckley made the announcement during a special member meeting in San Antonio on Sunday night to a crowd of nearly 5,000 people. Thousands more watched the proceedings on a regional satellite broadcast in selected meetinghouses. Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Rex D. Pinegar, President of the Church’s North America Southwest Area also addressed those in attendance.

"The announcement of this new temple reflects the growing membership and faith of Church members in Texas," said Laurence M. Neuberger, a stake president in San Antonio. "This temple will bless not only Church members, but will enhance neighborhoods, communities, and cities. We’re thrilled to be a part of that."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has two operating temples in Texas located in Dallas and Houston, with a third under construction in Lubbock. The location and start date for construction of the San Antonio temple have not yet been announced. Typically, temples take at least a year to build.

Once the temple is completed, an open house will be held for the general public to tour the facility. The temple will then be formally dedicated for Church service.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the hundreds of meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services and mid-week social activities. Temples are "Houses of the Lord" where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other sacred ordinances that unite families for eternity.

Nearly 11 million people belong to the worldwide Church in 162 countries and territories. Church members first arrived in Texas in 1843 and since then Church membership has grown to almost 211,000 members in the state.

Currently, the Church has 106 operating temples around the world with nineteen more announced or under construction.