Neiafu Tonga Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location officially announced; exterior rendering released; groundbreaking not announced
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Announcement:7 April 2019
Architectural Features:Single attached spire
Total Floor Area:17,000 square feet
The Neiafu Tonga Temple is currently in the governmental approval stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
The Neiafu Tonga Temple will be a single-story building of nearly 17,000 square feet. A distribution center will be constructed on site in addition to housing for the temple president and matron and for temple missionaries.
On August 14, 2020, the official rendering of the Neiafu Tonga Temple was publicly released.
On August 14, 2020, the location of the Neiafu Tonga Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed on Tu’i Road at the site of the Church-owned Saineha High School. No school buildings will be impacted by the construction of the temple.1
Tonga's second temple, the Neiafu Tonga Temple, was announced on April 7, 2019, by President Russell M. Nelson at the closing session of the 189th Annual General Conference. Tonga is the country with the highest percentage of Latter-day Saints in the world. Of the 108,000 people in Tonga, 65,500 are members of the Church. Neiafu is located on the island of Vava'u on the northern side of Tonga. Travel from Neiafu to the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple requires either a 90-minute flight or an overnight ferry ride. There are four stakes operating on the island of Vava'u.2
The Neiafu Tonga Temple will be the second temple built in Tonga following the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple (1983).
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Renderings Released for New Pacific Temples," 14 Aug. 2020.
- "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at April 2019 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Apr. 2019.