Praia Cabo Verde Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking
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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, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Praia Cabo Verde Temple on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only, but the services are anticipated to be broadcast to meetinghouses within the proposed temple district. Construction of the temple and an adjacent meetinghouse is anticipated to take about two years to complete.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.
- "Groundbreaking Date Set for Praia Cabo Verde Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 8 Feb. 2019.
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.