Phase 3 Temple Reopening Dates Announced
The Apia Samoa Temple and Brisbane Australia Temple will begin Phase 3 of reopening on January 4, 2021. As of that date, there will be 4 temples in Phase 3, 119 temples in Phase 2, and 25 temples in Phase 1. There are currently 11 temples that have paused operations due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in those areas.
Apia Samoa Temple Suffers Minor Damage
On Thursday, Cyclone Evan battered the Samoan islands, killing three people and leaving thousands homeless. All Church missionaries are safe. The Apia Samoa Temple suffered minor damage. Church leaders and volunteers are actively engaged in administering relief supplies.
Earthquake Hits Pacific Islands
A massive earthquake and tsunami has tragically taken the lives of 8 Church members—including 2 children—on the Samoan islands. Severe damage has been reported to members' homes and to 2 meetinghouses. The Apia Samoa Temple suffered no structural damage other than Moroni losing his horn.