|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
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
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.