Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Groundbreaking held Saturday, December 3, 2016; awaiting full-scale operations
Site: 7.7 acres.
Ordinance Rooms: One ordinance room (stationary) and one sealing.
Total Floor Area: 16,100 square feet.
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 3 December 2016 by Larry Y. Wilson
The formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple was held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 12:00 noon. Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department presided at the services, which were broadcast to local Church meetinghouses for the general public. Invited community, government, and interfaith leaders were also in attendance.1
On September 12, 2016, plans for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple were officially approved by the local government.
On August 25, 2016, a community open house was held for elected officials, multi-faith leaders, neighborhood group leaders, community residents, and local Church leaders regarding the proposed Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. Attendees viewed architectural drawings, including site plans, elevations, and a colored rendering of the temple. Information was presented on the history of the Church in Manitoba as well as the purpose and significance of temples to Mormons. The architect shared specific information regarding the building and plans for construction in the Bridgwater Forest community in south Winnipeg. Great interest, enthusiasm, and anticipation were evident as attendees asked questions and made comments. The Church anticipates applying for building permits with the City this fall with a groundbreaking to occur after approvals have been secured. Construction of the temple is expected to take approximately 20 months.2
The design for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple draws inspiration from the churches of early Winnipeg. It features a Tyndall stone exterior (quarried just outside Winnipeg), slate roof, and slender copper steeple over the main entrance. Original art glass windows will depict the prairie crocus.
The Winnipeg Manitoba Temple will stand on a beautiful tract of land at the entrance to The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater located in the southwestern portion of the city.
Canada's ninth temple was announced for Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of Manitoba, during President Thomas S. Monson's opening remarks of the April 2011 General Conference. The temple will serve members of the Winnipeg area who currently travel 400 miles (600 kilometers)—a 6½-hour drive—to the temple in Regina, Saskatchewan.3
During a 12-city tour of Canada in 1998, President Gordon B. Hinckley addressed an audience of over 1,500 members who had gathered in the Winnipeg Manitoba Stake Center to hear the prophet's words. "I have never been here before," said President Hinckley. "I've seen it on the map. I knew it existed, but I've never been here." The prophet was not the only one who had traveled long distances that day. Some members drove six hours each way to be at the meeting, and others arrived 12 hours early, waiting at the stake center for the meeting to begin.
President Hinckley complimented the Saints saying, "You look so good to me. You people pray. You pay your tithing. You're good citizens. Thank you for being what you are." He spoke of temple service and added, "I have asked your stake president how far you go to the temple. Some drive 14 hours." He continued, "Some time you will have a temple. But not now. Keep on driving. I urge everyone of you, don't wait for it." The members were deeply moved by the prophet's warmth and his stirring testimony. In his closing remarks, he said, "I just wanted to repeat, we love you." He continued, "Every man, woman, boy and girl in this Church is important. The Lord will bless you as you serve Him in righteousness."4
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Groundbreaking Announced for New Mormon Temple in Canada," 17 Nov. 2016.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Winnipeg Mormons Host Community Open House for Proposed Temple," 2 Sept. 2016.
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Church Announces New Temples in Canada, Colorado and Idaho," 2 Apr. 2011.
4. Janet Kruckenberg, "Stake center filled for president's visit," 15 Aug. 1998, 27 Aug. 2010