Temples in Africa Articles

Durban South Africa Temple

Durban South Africa Temple

At the 181st semi-annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Prophet Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a new Mormon temple in Durban, South Africa.  This will be the second temple for South Africa.  The Johannesburg, South Africa temple was dedicated in 1985. The first missionaries to South Africa arrived in April 1853, and in August, the first congregation was organized four miles from Cape Town. Two years later, there were three congregations totaling nearly 130 members. Missionaries were not sent to South Africa from 1865 to 1903 because of government restrictions and the inability to speak the Afrikaans language. A few years after missionaries returned to South Africa, the first Church building was built in Mowbray in 1916-17. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

Kinshasa Congo Temple

Kinshasa Congo Temple

At the 181st general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Prophet Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of two new temples in Africa, one in Durban, South Africa, and one in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  These will be the fourth and fifth temples to be constructed in Africa, with existing temples in Johannesburg, South Africa; Accra, Ghana; and Aba, Nigeria.  Members in Congo currently attend the temple in Johannesburg, over 2000 miles away.  The Kinshasa Temple will serve 23,000 Latter-day Saints. The first missionaries arrived in Kinshasa in February 1986, when the Church received legal status. Meetings were first held in the homes of members. Then the Church purchased a villa and had it remodelled into a meetinghouse. In September 1986, at the first meeting in the 200-seat facility, 208 Church members attended. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

Aba Nigeria Mormon Temple

Aba Nigeria Mormon Temple

An announcement was made on April 2, 2000, that a Mormon temple would be built in Aba, Nigeria. This temple was the third temple to be built in Africa and the 121st operating Mormon temple worldwide. The temple site is 6.3 acres on the outskirts of the Ogbor River. A bridge had to be built over the river so that people could get to the temple. The temple is highly visible. The people of Nigeria received the announcement of the prospective temple in their country with great joy. The members here are strong and active in the Mormon Church. Many people began joining together to worship as Mormons even before Mormon missionaries were able to enter the country. These righteous people sought out any information they could find about the Church from pamphlets that somehow came into the country and from friends who were living in the United States or other places where the Church was available. There were, of course, minor errors in ritual, doctrine, and organization in some of the churches that... Read the rest of this article »

Johannesburg South Africa Temple

Johannesburg South Africa Temple

The Johannesburg South Africa Temple is the 36th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesse Haven stood on the slopes of Lion’s Head overlooking southern Africa’s Cape Town, already a historic city, on May 23, 1853, and there prophesied that many people who were honest in heart would there come to rejoice in the everlasting gospel. On that occasion, Jesse Haven, William H. Walker, and Leonard I. Smith organized the Mormon Church in South Africa and dedicated the land to missionary work. Harsh conditions and opposition resulted in slow progress in those early days. [1] In 1865 the missionaries were pulled out, but were sent back in 1903. In 1940 missionaries were again taken out because of WWII, but sent back after the war ended. From that time forward, the membership of the Mormon Church began to grow rapidly; so much so, that the Church leaders announced the building of a Temple in Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

Accra Ghana Mormon Temple

Accra Ghana Mormon Temple

The building of the Accra, Ghana Mormon temple was announced on February 16, 1998. Years before the temple was announced, President of the Mormon Church Gordon B. Hinckley had promised members in the area that if they fellowshipped new members they would be blessed with a temple. When the temple was announced, President Hinckley also told those in attendance that the Church had been trying to find a place to build a temple in Ghana for five years. The Accra, Ghana, temple was the second temple built in Africa and the 117th Mormon temple worldwide. The first Mormon missionaries came to Ghana in 1978. It took only 25 years for a temple to be built there, which shows how quickly the membership of the Mormon Church has grown in the area. Many of the people present at the announcement of the temple had been some of the first converts in Ghana, and most expressed their amazement at how far the Church had come. A site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony were held on November 16, 2001. Russell... Read the rest of this article »

Copyright © 2014 Mormon Temples. All Rights Reserved.
This website is not owned by or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon or LDS Church). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. The views expressed by individual users are the responsibility of those users and do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. For the official Church websites, please visit LDS.org or Mormon.org.