Praia Cabo Verde Temple
Groundbreaking ceremony held May 4, 2019; full-scale construction pending
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Announcement:7 October 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:4 May 2019 by Paul V. Johnson
Ordinance Rooms:One ordinance room (stationary) and one sealing
Elder Paul V. Johnson, president of the Europe Area, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Praia Cabo Verde Temple on Saturday, May 4, 2019. He explained the significance of the construction of a temple in the country: "For Cabo Verde's faithful sons and daughters the blessing of having a temple of the Lord in their own country is a powerful reminder of the Lord's promise in the Book of Mormon that He remembers His children upon the isles of the sea." Newlywed couple Zanny and Simão Lopes, who had married just two months earlier in the Recife Brazil Temple, expressed gratitude: "We are very excited to be able to enter the temple of our own country."1
The official rendering of the Praia Cabo Verde Temple was publicly released on February 8, 2019. The rendering depicts a domed spire rising over the temple entrance, reflective of the local architectural styles.
The Praia Cabo Verde Temple will be constructed in the national capital of Praia on the island of Santiago on the east side of Avenida Cidade de Lisboa in the Tahiti Chã de Areia neighborhood.
During his closing talk at the 188th Semiannual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for the construction of the Praia Cabo Verde Temple on October 7, 2018. In recent years, Church membership has grown significantly on the islands of Cabo Verde, located approximately 350 miles off the northwest coast of Africa. The are some 14,700 Latter-day Saints in the country organized into three stakes and two districts. A temple in Praia will make the sacred ordinances of the temple an attainable blessing for Church members who currently must fly to the Madrid Spain Temple.2
The Praia Cabo Verde Temple will be the first temple built in Cabo Verde.
- "Ground Broken for Three International Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 May 2019.
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.