Today, the First Presidency announced that four temples will enter Phase 3 of reopening as soon as December 21, 2020.
Phase 3 includes everything allowed in Phases 1 and 2, with the addition of temple work on behalf of deceased individuals. These four temples are in areas where the incidence of COVID-19 is low and the Church can meet local public health guidelines for gathering and worship.
Phase 3 will feature smaller numbers of both patrons and temple workers, a limited temple schedule, and attendance by appointment only. Those who live within the boundaries of a temple district in Phase 3 can schedule ordinance reservations online at the temple’s information page at temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Priority in scheduling will be given to those who need living ordinances.
Nearly all the Church’s 168 operating temples have reopened in Phase 1 (husband–wife sealings or marriages by appointment). Most temples have moved on to Phase 2 (open both for sealings and all other living ordinances).
Read more details in the article “Some Temples Will Soon Begin Phase 3 of Reopening. What Does This Mean?.” That article includes the following three videos:
In the video “Being Our Brother’s Keeper During the Pandemic: The Need for Increased Safety Protocols,” Elder Renlund discusses caring for one another during this pandemic.
In the video “The Privilege of Temple Worship,” Elder Bednar teaches of the eternal role of temples.
In the video “What to Expect in Phase 3,” Elder Stevenson provides details about a Phase 3 temple experience.