Church Announces Groundbreaking Date for Temple in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 14 December 2015

Rendering of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple.

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  • Groundbreaking will be February 12, 2016.

The Church announced December 7, 2015, that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple will take place on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the ceremony, which traditionally involves  turning over shovels of dirt to signal the beginning of construction.

The event will be at the temple site and attendance will be by invitation only. The services will be transmitted via the Internet to stake centers within the temple district. Local leaders will provide additional information for the groundbreaking ceremony in the coming weeks.

After the temple is completed, open house dates will be announced so the public can tour the temple before it is  dedicated. The dedication date will also be announced.

President Thomas S. Monson announced the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple during the Church’s October 2011 general conference.

The Church currently has 148 temples in operation. Africa has operating temples in Ghana, Johannesburg, and Nigeria, and two others have been announced in the Ivory Coast and Durban, South Africa.