Church Revises Dates for Haiti Temple Open House, Dedication

Contributed By Danielle Christensen, Church News staff writer

  • 18 January 2019

Rendering of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, which will be dedicated September 1, 2019.

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  • New dates have been announced for the open house, youth devotional, and dedication for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

The Church has announced an updated schedule for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple open house, youth devotional, and dedication.

The temple’s open house will be held from August 3 through August 17, with the exception of Sundays.

The temple dedication is planned for three sessions on Sunday, September 1. A youth devotional will also be held the day previous, on August 31, and will be broadcast to meetinghouses throughout the temple district.

The announcement updates the open house, dedication, and youth devotional dates originally announced two months ago, which included the start of the open house in mid-April and a May 19 dedication.

The Haiti Temple groundbreaking was held October 28, 2018, presided over by Elder Walter F. González, General Authority Seventy and President of the Church’s Caribbean Area. (See related story.)

“The temple groundbreaking ceremony was a wonderful spiritual experience,” said Elder González in October 2018. “I can only think about everlasting joy and gratitude for all that the temple means in our lives. It is hard to express with words. This was a day of joy and gratitude when we start to build a portal to heaven as we come to better understand the importance of the covenants made in the temple and how they impact our daily lives, both in this time and eternity.”

The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple will serve more than 17,000 Latter-day Saints in four stakes and three districts. In the April 2015 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the temple, which will open for ordinances on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. It is the nation’s first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.