Locations released for four other temples in North and South America.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the Manhattan New York Temple will close in 2024 for extensive renovations. HOK is leading the renovation design.
In addition, the locations of three temples to be built in the Americas were released: the La Paz Bolivia Temple, the Natal Brazil Temple, the Teresina Brazil Temple, and the San Jose California Temple.
Manhattan New York Temple Renovation Announcement
Renovations to the Manhattan New York Temple are expected to begin in 2024 and be completed in approximately three years. The meetinghouse on the third floor of the temple will also be upgraded. Local congregations will be relocated to other meetinghouse spaces in the area during the renovation period.
A rendering of the updated Manhattan New York Temple (above) has also been released.
During the temple’s renovation, Latter-day Saints in the Manhattan New York Temple district are encouraged to attend the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple or the Hartford Connecticut Temple.
Dates for the public open house and dedication following the renovation will be announced closer to the completion date.
The Manhattan Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in June 2004 and is the 119th dedicated temple in operation. It is the second temple built in the state of New York, following the Palmyra New York Temple in April 2000.
Much of the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints occurred in New York. In 1820, Joseph Smith received his First Vision just outside Palmyra. The Church of Jesus Christ was organized in Fayette, New York, on April 6, 1830. In the mid-1800s, many converts to the Church from Europe passed through New York Harbor on their way to join the Latter-day Saints out west. Today, the state of New York is home to more than 84,000 Latter-day Saints in over 140 congregations.
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be houses of the Lord and the most sacred places of worship on earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples is for faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.