Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Freetown Sierra Leone Temple

Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday, 19 March 2022
Freetown Sierra Leone Temple

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Location

Jui Road
Kossoh Town
Freetown
Sierra Leone

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  |  5,486 square meters

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022. Elder Hugo E. Martinez, president of the Africa West Area, will preside at the event. The 18,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 2.9-acre site on Jui Road located in the Kossoh Town region of Freetown. A two-story ancillary building will also be constructed, housing an arrival center, patron housing, presidency apartments, ordinance worker apartments, and utility functions.


Temple Design

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.


Temple Rendering

On December 15, 2021, the official exterior rendering for the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple was released.


Temple Site

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.


Temple Announcement

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


Temple Facts

The Freetown Sierra Leone Temple will be the first temple built in Sierra Leone.


  1. "President Nelson Announces Eight New Temples During General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 5 Oct. 2019.

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