Harare Zimbabwe Temple
Planning and approval; official site announcement anticipated in 2017; groundbreaking anticipated in 2017
The Harare Zimbabwe Temple is currently in the approval and construction preparation phase. No groundbreaking date has been announced, but it is anticipated to occur in 2017.
Renderings of the Harare Zimbabwe Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Harare Zimbabwe Temple.
In April 2016, at the Sunday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the first temple in Zimbabwe in the capital city of Harare, much to the rejoicing of the Zimbabwean Saints who had prayed and prepared for this day for many years.
Church membership is growing steadily in Zimbabwe where there are 26,000 members organized into six stakes and two districts—three of those six stakes being headquartered in Harare. Prior to the temple announcement, Zimbabwe was the country with the second highest number of Church members without a temple (Nicaragua having the highest). Members desiring to participate in temple worship currently drive 13 hours to reach the Johannesburg South Africa Temple. Other nearby African nations will also benefit from the temple including Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1. "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.