Temple Briefs


Vancouver Temple Dedicated

President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Church’s 131st temple just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 2, 2010. Nearly 40,000 people toured the temple during the public open house, which was held two months after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The Vancouver British Columbia Temple will serve members in British Columbia and northern Washington, USA. The Church now has seven planned or operating temples in Canada.

Gila Valley Arizona Temple Dedicated

President Thomas S. Monson dedicated The Gila Valley Arizona Temple on May 23, 2010, in three sessions. The temple serves members in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico. The temple is located in southeast Arizona, not far from the area where President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) grew up. The Gila Valley Temple is the third to open in Arizona, and two more (Gilbert Arizona and Phoenix Arizona) have been announced.

Cebu City Temple Dedicated

President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the second temple in the Philippines on June 13, 2010. The Cebu City Philippines Temple is located about 350 miles (563 km) from the Manila Philippines Temple. The temple will serve more than 200,000 members in the Visayas and Mindanao areas. More than 45,000 people attended the two-week public open house. On the night prior to the dedication, more than 3,000 youth performed in a cultural event.