Port Vila Vanuatu Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
Announcement:4 October 2020
The Port Vila Vanuatu Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple.
On October 4, 2020, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct a temple in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Pacific nation is made up of roughly 80 islands spanning a distancing of 800 miles (1,300 kilometers). Port Vila, located on the island of Efate, is the country's capital and economic center. There are more than 10,000 Latter-day Saints in Vanuatu organized into one stake and three districts. Missionary work began in 1975, shortly after several Latter-day Saint families moved from Tonga to Vanuatu in the early 1970s.1
The Port Vila Vanuatu Temple will be the first temple built in Vanuatu and the third built in Melanesia, following the Suva Fiji Temple (2000) and the Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Temple (announced).
- "Prophet Announces Six New Temples at October 2020 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 Oct. 2020.