Salt Lake City – Mormon Church President Thomas Monson on Saturday announced plans to build five new temples in the United States and abroad.
Temples will be built in Brigham City, Utah; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Concepcion, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; and Sapporo, Japan, Monson said.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints already has 130 temples operating worldwide, most in the U.S. Another 16 are either planned or already under construction.
Monson has announced plans for at least 10 new temples since he became the church’s 16th president in February 2008. His announcement came during the opening session of the church’s two-day semiannual general conference in Salt Lake City.
The locations selected for new temples reflect the growth of the church, which according to statistics released in April has grown to 13.8 million members.
Golfer, 61, dies retrieving ball
Richardson, Texas – A Texas golfer has died after he fell over an embankment while trying to retrieve his golf ball.
Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said 61-year-old William Michael Grant, of Garland, was playing in a golf tournament Friday at Sherrill Park Golf Course when he overshot a green.
Police say Grant was trying to get his ball when witnesses saw him slip and fall about 10 feet. Perlich says it appears Grant broke his neck, but the medical examiner’s office has not yet confirmed that.