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Harare Zimbabwe Temple

Planning and approval; official site announcement anticipated in 2017; groundbreaking not announced

Location:  Harare, Zimbabwe.
Announcement:  3 April 2016

Construction Status

The Harare Zimbabwe Temple is currently in the approval and construction preparation phase. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

Temple Rendering

Renderings of the Harare Zimbabwe Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.

Temple Site

No site location has been officially announced for the Harare Zimbabwe Temple.

Temple Announcement

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.

Temple Facts

The Harare Zimbabwe Temple will be the seventh temple built in Africa and the first built in Zimbabwe.

1. "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.

"As a result of the sacred ordinances performed in the holy house of God, no light need be permanently extinguished, no voice permanently stilled, no place in our heart permanently left vacant."
—Thomas S. Monson

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