Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Yigo Guam Temple

172nd dedicated temple in operation
Yigo Guam Temple

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Address

Corner of Marine Corps Drive and Milalak Drive
96929  Yigo
Guam

Services

NO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)

Announcement: 

7 October 2018

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

4 May 2019 by Yoon Hwan Choi

Public Open House: 

4–14 May 2022

Dedication: 

22 May 2022 by David A. Bednar

Site: 

5.8 acres  |  2.3 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Painted hand-troweled stucco and Moleanos limestone from Portugal

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end tower

Ordinance Rooms: 

One instruction room, one sealing room, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

6,861 square feet  |  637 square meters

Temple Locale

The cream-colored walls and stately tower of the Yigo Guam Temple rise over Marine Corps Drive (or Guam Highway 1) at its intersection with Milalak Drive in the northern village of Yigo where the Andersen Air Force Base is located. A meetinghouse stands behind the temple, housing a distribution center and an arrival center for the convenience of members and patrons. The grounds are full of tropical plants and trees in the plentiful garden spaces.


Temple Facts

The Yigo Guam Temple was the first temple built in Micronesia.

The Yigo Guam Temple was built on the site of an existing meetinghouse. The church was demolished to make way for the temple and a replacement meetinghouse.

On February 1, 2019, the official exterior rendering of the Yigo Guam Temple was released to the public.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Yigo Guam Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreakings for the Praia Cabo Verde Temple and the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple. Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, president of the Asia North Area, presided over the services. "Temples are not just buildings," he said. "A temple is a university for us to learn how to return to Heavenly Father."1

The Yigo Guam Temple pioneered more flexibility in temple spaces. Elder David A. Bednar said, "Building temples closer to the people has allowed for increased flexibility in the temple's design. For example, the new temple in Guam has two rooms that can function as instruction rooms or sealing rooms, depending on what is needed on a given day. That flexibility allows for the right ordinances to be available at the right time for Church members."2


Exterior Features

The design of the Yigo Temple is deliberately simple and understated. While the form is reminiscent of religious and community buildings in the region, the temple retains the essence of local vernacular with hints of proportions derived from the ancient latte stones found in the area. This is subtly expressed by the piers or front flanking columns of the entry. A latte is comprised of two stones—the shaft stone, called the “haligi,” and the rounded capstone, called the “tasa.” Remnants of these latte stones come from the Chamorro culture, which was spread across Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.

The form of the temple features an end-tower over the front entry facing east. There is a beautiful blend of a natural Portuguese limestone called Moleanos, which accents the lower watercourse as well as the window and door surrounds and the parapet details. This gives the temple a clean, contemporary style with classical proportions. A beige hand-troweled stucco makes up the body of the temple and blends nicely with the limestone.

Decorative grillwork provides pattern, interest, and shadow-play on the windows of the temple. Zinc-coated metal roofing covers the dome on top of the spire.

Located on the northeastern portion of the island of Guam, the temple is adjacent to Anderson Air Force Base and is surrounded by lush tropical trees. The landscaping also includes more than a hundred shade and flowering trees as well as hundreds of decorative shrubs.


Interior Features

Like the exterior, the temple interior is simple and restrained. Design elements are based on a traditional approach. Decorative paint and restrained use of art glass provides a simple play of organic leaf patterns to accent the ordinance rooms.

Hard surfaces of tile and stone are used throughout the temple. Beautiful area rugs soften key spaces but can be removed easily for cleaning and will avoid the potential for moisture retention that would occur in fully carpeted spaces.

The baptistry incorporates a unique, artist-designed, three-dimensional bas-relief panel depicting the oxen in this room. The font is unique, providing an intimate experience for those participating.3


  1. "Ground Broken for Three International Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 May 2019.
  2. "Apostle Dedicates Yigo Guam Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 23 May 2022.
  3. "Open House Begins for Yigo Guam Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 2 May 2022.

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