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Sent on Mormon-News: 23Apr01

By Kent Larsen

LDS Church Announces Three More Temples in California

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday that it will build three additional temples in California, bringing the total in the state to seven, the most in any US State outside of Utah. The announcement generated excitement among local members near Sacramento and near Redlands and Newport Beach, California, where the three temples will be built. The announcement also brought news articles in the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and Sacramento Bee in addition to an Associated Press article that appeared in many other newspapers, especially in California.

The three temples will all be "small" temples, serving a total of about 188,000 members in the Sacramento area, Orange County, just to the south of Los Angeles, and the "Inland Empire," including San Bernardino and other areas east of Los Angeles. Other geographic areas with many temples include Mexico (13) and Utah (11).

Church members in these areas expressed excitement at the prospect of having temples nearby. "Not only will the temple generate excitement, but it's a great opportunity for many people who find it difficult to get into Los Angeles," said Doug Glauser, head of the church in the Redlands area. "I think it will have a unifying effect." Richard Porterfield, a Church member in Newport Beach, said the news left him speechless. "It's one of the most joyful days of my life," said Porterfield, 66, of Newport Beach. "If I were any happier, there would have to be two of me."

The exact location of the buildings hasn't been released, nor have the expected construction costs. Groundbreaking dates have also not been set, but with many of the smaller temples completed in just a year after a groundbreaking, these temples could be in operation as early as Fall 2002.


3 LDS temples named
Deseret News 21Apr01 N1
Sacramento, 2 other sites in California

California to Get 3 New Mormon Temples
Los Angeles Times 21Apr01 N1
By William Lobdell: Times Staff Writer
Religion: Newport Beach, Redlands and Sacramento buildings will bring state's total to seven.

Newport Beach Will Get 1 of 3 Mormon Temples Planned for State
Los Angeles Times Orange County 21Apr01 N1
By William Lobdell: Times Staff Writer
The church hasn't picked a site in the city for the holy sanctuary. The others will be built in Redlands and Sacramento.

Mormons to build temple in O.C.
Orange co CA Register 21Apr01 N1
By Hieu Tran Phan: Orange County Register

LDS Church to build three new temples in California
Provo UT Daily Herald (AP) 21Apr01 N1

California to get three new Mormon Temples
Riverside CA Press-Enterprise (AP) 21Apr01 N1
The Associated Press

California to get three new Mormon Temples
Sacramento CA Bee (AP) 21Apr01 N1


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