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

Harare Zimbabwe Temple

Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement

Location

Harare
Zimbabwe

Announcement: 

3 April 2016

Construction Status

The Harare Zimbabwe Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.


Temple Rendering

Renderings of the Harare Zimbabwe Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.


Temple Site

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.


Temple Announcement

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
36th operating temple
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.


Temple Facts

The Harare Zimbabwe Temple will be the seventh temple built in Africa and the first built in Zimbabwe.