Groundbreaking Held for the Davao Philippines Temple
"It never ceases to amaze me how the hand of the Lord has been over this nation. How He has prepared its people and its land to receive the gospel and the blessings of the temples of the Lord," said Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, president of the Philippines Area, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Davao Philippines Temple on November 14, 2020. He was joined by his wife, Anita, Elder Yoon Hwan Choi and Elder Steven R. Bangerter of the area presidency, and invited local interfaith leaders. The two-story, 18,450-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 2.7-acre site at Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road along with a meetinghouse and housing for patrons and the temple presidency. "My prayer is that we visit the temple as often as we can. Let us experience heaven here on earth through the temple. Heaven becomes closer when we go to the temple," said Elder Wakolo.
Construction to Begin on the Davao Philippines Temple
In November 2020, the groundbreaking will take place for the Davao Philippines Temple. Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, president of the Philippines Area, will preside. The two-story, 18,450-square-foot temple will be constructed on the 2.7-acre site of an existing meetinghouse at the corner of Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road in Barangay Ma-a. A new meetinghouse and a housing facility for patrons and the temple presidency will also be constructed. During a visit to Manila in January 2020, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: "We want you to have the blessing of going to the temple. And if you do that you are preparing yourself to be gathered together with a loving father in heaven, and our Savior Jesus Christ."
Location Announced for the Davao Philippines Temple
The location of the Davao Philippines Temple has been announced as the 2.7-acre site of an existing meetinghouse at the intersection of Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road in Barangay Ma-a. The meetinghouse will be demolished and replaced with the temple, a meetinghouse, and housing for patrons and the temple presidency. The two-story temple will be approximately 18,450 square feet. No groundbreaking date has been announced yet.