SALT LAKE CITY — Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced plans to build three new temples during Sunday morning’s session of General Conference.
Monson announced temples will be built in Bangkok, Thailand, Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
“What marvelous blessings are in store for our faithful members in these areas and indeed wherever temples are located throughout the world,” Monson said to a congregation of thousands.
There are currently 144 temples operating worldwide. To date, 29 temples have been announced or are under construction.
Members of the LDS Church consider temples to be “the house of the Lord” where they participate in sacred worship.
“The building of temples is a clear indication of growth of the Church,” Monson said.
There are more than 22,000 members residing in the Ivory Coast; in Haiti there are more than 19,000 and in Thailand about 18,000 members, according to church officials.