LDS church announces plans for 3 new temples

During his remarks Saturday at the first session of the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church President Thomas S. Monson announced three new temples in Meridian, Idaho; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.Here are some brief facts about the Church in those areas; additional details on the new temples will be announced as they become available.Meridian, IdahoMeridian is the third-largest city in Idaho and is located about 11 miles west of the capital of Boise. The Church has had a presence in Idaho since 1855 and there are over 410,000 members in the state. The temple in Meridian will be the fifth in Idaho. There are also temples in Boise, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Twin Falls.Fort Collins, ColoradoFort Collins is located in northern Colorado, 57 miles north of the capital of Denver. As of October 2010, there were nearly 140,000 members in the state.The first congregation of the Church in Colorado was organized in January 1897. This will be the second temple in Colorado; a temple in Denver was completed in 1986.Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWinnipeg is the capital and largest city in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is located in southeast Manitoba, north of the North Dakota/Minnesota border.The temple will serve the needs of members in the Winnipeg area who currently travel for 6 ½ hours and nearly 400 miles (600 kilometers) to the nearest temple in Regina, Saskatchewan.This will be the ninth temple in Canada. In addition to the Regina temple, there are temples in Cardston, Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Halifax, Nova Scotia and Montreal, Quebec. In May 2010, Church officials dedicated the Vancouver British Columbia Temple and broke ground for the Calgary Temple.A website has been set up to answer questions about the Winnipeg temple.A statistical report of the growth and status of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as of Dec. 31, 2010, released Saturday during the faith’s annual spring conference:Church Units:Number of stakes (similar to dioceses): 2,896Missions: 340Districts: 614Wards and branches (congregations): 28,660Church Membership:Total membership: 14,131,467Increase in children of record during 2010: 120,528Converts baptized during 2010: 272,814Missionaries:Number of full-time missionaries: 52,225Church-service missionaries: 20,813Temples:Temples in operation in 2010: 134

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