Yigo Guam Temple
Groundbreaking held on May 4, 2019; full-scale construction pending
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Announcement:7 October 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:4 May 2019 by Yoon Hwan Choi
Ordinance Rooms:One ordinance room (stationary) and one sealing
Total Floor Area:6,860 square feet
Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, president of the Asia North Area, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Yigo Guam Temple on Saturday, May 4, 2019. "Temples are not just buildings," he said. "A temple is a university for us to learn how to return to Heavenly Father." Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita, General Authority Seventy, also addressed the congregation. "What will you engrave in your heart today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Yigo Temple?" he asked. "I engrave in my heart my commitment to serve the Lord."1
On February 24, 2019, the Yigo chapel was permanently closed for demolition. The site will be prepared for construction of the Yigo Guam Temple and a new meetinghouse located behind the temple.
On February 1, 2019, the official artist rendering of the temple was released to the public.
The Yigo Guam Temple will be constructed on the site of the existing Yigo chapel located at the corner of Marine Corps Drive and Milalak Drive in the village of Yigo.
Bringing the blessings of the temple to the remote islands of Micronesia, President Russell M. Nelson announced the Yigo Guam Temple on October 7, 2018, during the last session of General Conference. The tiny island of Guam, a territory of the United States, sits in the western Pacific and boasts a population of 166,000 people. Missionaries from the Church first arrived in Guam in 1957, and membership has since grown to more than 2,500 Latter-day Saints.2
The Yigo Guam Temple will be the first temple built in Micronesia.
- "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.