Tarawa Kiribati Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
Announcement:4 October 2020
The Tarawa Kiribati Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Tarawa Kiribati Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Tarawa Kiribati Temple.
In the final session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the Tarawa Kiribati Temple. Kiribati is a nation comprised of 32 atolls and one island with half of the population living on Tarawa atoll where Church-operated Moroni High School is located. There are nearly 21,000 Kiribatian Latter-day Saints, approximately one-sixth of the population, belonging to two stakes and three districts. The Saints of Kiribati currently travel well over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) to participate in ordinance work at the Suva Fiji Temple.1
The Tarawa Kiribati Temple will be the first temple built in Kiribati and the second built in Micronesia, following the Yigo Guam Temple (2021).
- "Prophet Announces Six New Temples at October 2020 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 Oct. 2020.