SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church will build five temples in cities worldwide, including the restoration of a historic church building in Utah that was destroyed in a fire last year, the faith's president said Saturday.
"No church-built facility is more important than a temple," said Thomas S. Monson, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Temples are places where relationships are sealed together to last through the eternities."
The church, with its 14.1 million members, has 135 operating temples worldwide and has 31 more planned or under construction. The new temples will be in Barranquilla, Colombia; Durban, South Africa; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Star Valley, Wyo.