The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a new phase for temple reopening. Phase 2-B allows for a temple baptistry to open for small groups — particularly for members with a limited-use temple recommend.
“We are grateful for this opportunity for more members to participate in temple ordinances,” said President Russell M. Nelson.
As the numbers of COVID-19 cases have begun to decrease in some areas and officials have learned more about how to prevent the spread of the virus, Church leaders have carefully monitored circumstances and learned from the experiences of temples that have begun to open in various phases. This has led to an opportunity to open temple baptistries.
The same careful safety protocols will be in place as for other phases, including health screenings, temperature checks, limited numbers of patrons and temple workers, and scheduled appointments. The same online scheduling process that members use for Phase 3 worship in temples will be in place for this phase. For safety purposes, members will only be able to schedule an appointment within their temple district. Those who come to the temple without an appointment may not be accommodated.
“We encourage small groups — including new members, families, Aaronic Priesthood quorums, Young Women classes, and young adult groups — to schedule a time to be in the temple,” said Elder David A. Bednar, who leads the Church’s Temple and Family History Council. “We are thrilled at the ability to provide these sacred ordinances to our deceased ancestors again, and for members of the Church to again worship in the house of the Lord.”
Today, the First Presidency announced that temples in the following locations will begin operating in Phase 2-B, beginning as early as March 29:
As these temple baptistries begin to open, Church leaders will apply what they learn and then open other temples in Phase 2-B as it becomes safe to do so. Announcements about additional temples entering this phase will occur when possible.
Participation in baptistry ordinances may be limited compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. Members are encouraged to be considerate of others and to be patient as they try to schedule ordinance times in the baptistry.
“We look forward to this phase and every phase of temple reopening with great anticipation,” said Elder Bednar. “We also want to be sure that we continue to open temples in a careful, responsible way. For this reason, temple openings in some areas may continue to lag behind the opening of public or community facilities.”