Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Preparing for dedication
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Announcement:5 April 2015
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:28 October 2017 by Walter F. González
Public Open House:8–17 August 2019
Dedication:1 September 2019
Total Floor Area:10,396 square feet
Public Open House and Dedication
The general public is invited to attend a free open house for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple beginning Thursday, August 8, and continuing through Saturday, August 17, 2019, except for Sunday, August 11. A youth devotional will be held Saturday, August 31, and be broadcast to meetinghouses within the temple district. The temple will be dedicated the next day on Sunday, September 1, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Additional details about the dedication will be communicated by local priesthood leaders.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Elder Walter F. González of the Seventy and president of the Caribbean Area presided.
At a stake conference held in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, March 12, 2017, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced that the Church had acquired the property behind the meetinghouse on Route de Freres for construction of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple. One wing of the meetinghouse will be enlarged to create an arrival center featuring bathrooms with showers, locker space, dining tables, and a waiting room. Also on the property, a temple president's residence and ancillary building will be built. The ancillary building will house utility equipment and a Distribution Services Center.
On April 5, 2015, during the Sunday Morning Session of the 185th Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a new temple would be constructed in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti is home to approximately 10 million people including more than 19,000 members of the Church. The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple will be the first in the country where missionary work officially began in 1980. Church members in Haiti currently attend temple services in the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple, requiring nearly a day's journey.1
A temple in Port-au-Prince will be an enormous lift and blessing to the Saints of Haiti who have endured substantial suffering in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and subsequent outbreak of cholera in one of the poorest countries in the world. The natural disaster destroyed countless vital records, creating an obstacle for members who wish to cross the border into the Dominican Republic but who are unable to present valid birth certificates. The Church is growing steadily in this island nation where its third and fourth stakes were recently organized in 2012—all four stakes being headquartered in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, which boasts well over two million residents.
- "New Temples Announced: Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire); Port Au Prince, Haiti; Bangkok, Thailand," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 5 Apr. 2015.