Announcement:5 October 2019
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:19 March 2022 by Hugo E. Martinez
Site:2.9 acres | 1.2 hectares
Architectural Features:Single attached central tower
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:18,000 square feet | 1,672 square meters
Elevation:97 feet | 30 meters
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple was held on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Elder Hugo E. Martinez, president of the Africa West Area, presided at the event. Services were broadcast to all stake centers in the country.
The single-story Freetown Sierra Leone Temple will be approximately 18,000 square feet. A two-story ancillary building will also be constructed, housing an arrival center, patron housing, presidency apartments, ordinance worker apartments, and utility functions.
On December 15, 2021, the official exterior rendering for the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple was released.
On December 15, 2021, the location of the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple was announced as a 2.9-acre site on Jui Road located in the Kossoh Town region of Freetown. It will be visible to motorists traveling the Masiaka-Yonibana Highway.
Sierra Leone's first temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson at the General Women's Session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference. There are more than 21,000 Latter-day Saints organized into six stakes and three districts in this West African nation. To participate in temple ordinances, Freetown members currently travel over 1,240 miles (2,000 km) to the Accra Ghana Temple. Saints in Liberia, where there are five stakes and one district in operation, will also be blessed by having a temple much closer to them.1
The Freetown Sierra Leone Temple will be the first temple built in Sierra Leone.
- "President Nelson Announces Eight New Temples During General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 5 Oct. 2019.