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On September 18, 2021, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground for the Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple. President Veasna Kuonno Neang of the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission presided and offered the dedicatory prayer.

“This is a day heaven is smiling on us,” President Neang said. “This is a day of light and gladness. The light of Christ will shine here as temple construction is completed.”

He continued, “Today, a holy temple of God will begin its foundation representing the faithfulness, love and joy of the saints in Cambodia. We know that when we come to the temple, we can feel closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. It will be such a blessing to come to the temple as often as we can.”

While COVID-19 gathering restrictions limited the physical attendance of the groundbreaking ceremony, members and friends of the Church across Cambodia and neighboring countries viewed the proceedings via an online broadcast.

Phnom Penh North Stake (group of congregations) President Bunhouch Eng (local leader) also spoke at the ceremony. He recalled his feelings when the late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated Cambodia for missionary work in 1996:

“I remember him speaking of the work growing and prospering here in a marvelous and wonderful way,” President Eng said. “I feel that the building of a temple on this site is another example of blessings from the Lord that President Hinckley prayed for.”

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