At General Conference yesterday, President Thomas S. Monson announced that the church will be building temples in Fort Collins, Colorado; Meridian, Idaho; and Winnipeg, Canada. I was glad to hear about these temples, although a little surprised at the announcement as President Monson had been developing a pattern of announcing 5 temples each year in the October General Conference and none in April. So it was a pleasant surprise. Meridian Idaho is really close to Boise, so the temple will only be minutes from the Boise Temple. The Boise Temple was overcrowded the day it opened and almost immediately closed for an expansion project. So it is not surprising that they need another temple so close. Colorado only had one temple and a lot of members so a second temple is needed and not too surprising. The Winnepeg Canada Temple will be the ninth in Canada and is a long distance from other temples. I'm sure it is needed and appreciated.
I had expected that if we got a temple announcement, it would have been about a remodel. I'm sure those announcements will come in the coming years.
I was going to have a post predicting likely places that temples would be announced before conference and hoped to get a lively discussion going. I decided to hold off until October. Perhaps I'll still do a post like that then. For now, I am just thrilled that we are getting three more temples!