The Adelaide Australia Temple is the 89th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Plans to build an LDS temple in Adelaide, Australia were announced on 17 March 1999. LDS members of the area up until this time had to travel between fifteen and twenty hours one-way to visit the closest temple in Sydney. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has seen extremely rapid growth in Australia in the last few years. In 1955 there were only 3,000 members in Australia, today there are more than 100,000 members. Census statistics show that the LDS Church is the fastest-growing Christian faith in Australia. This rapid growth prompted the leaders of the Church to announce three new Mormon temples in Australia; one in Melbourne, one in Brisbane, and the one in Adelaide.