Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
The Winnipeg Manitoba Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase, as discussions progress with city officials. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, though one site under consideration is on Shaftesbury Boulevard in Tuxedo where the Church owns property on the west side of the street between the railroad tracks and West Taylor Avenue.1
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.2
The Winnipeg Manitoba Temple will be the ninth temple built in Canada and the first in Manitoba.
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."3
1. John Longhurst, "Local Mormons 'tremendously excited' about new temple," Winnipeg Free Press 13 Oct. 2012, 13 Oct. 2012 <http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/faith/local-mormons-tremendously-excited-about-new-temple-174000911.html>.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Church Announces New Temples in Canada, Colorado and Idaho," 2 Apr. 2011.
3. Janet Kruckenberg, "Stake center filled for president's visit," 15 Aug. 1998, 27 Aug. 2010 <http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/31032/Stake-center-filled-for-presidents-visit.html>.Church News