Harare Zimbabwe Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
Announcement:3 April 2016
The Harare Zimbabwe Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Harare Zimbabwe Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Harare Zimbabwe Temple, but while visiting Harare on April 17, 2018, as part of his world ministry tour, President Russell M. Nelson toured a site next to the stake center for the Harare Zimbabwe Stake that is under consideration for the temple.
In April 2016, at the Sunday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the first temple in Zimbabwe in the capital city of Harare, much to the rejoicing of the Zimbabwean Saints who had prayed and prepared for this day for many years.
Church membership is growing steadily in Zimbabwe where there are 26,000 members organized into six stakes and two districts—three of those six stakes being headquartered in Harare. Prior to the temple announcement, Zimbabwe was the country with the second highest number of Church members without a temple (Nicaragua having the highest). Members desiring to participate in temple worship currently drive 13 hours to reach the Johannesburg South Africa Temple. Other nearby African nations will also benefit from the temple including Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Harare Zimbabwe Temple will be the seventh temple built in Africa and the first built in Zimbabwe.