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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the groundbreaking dates for the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple and the Ephraim Utah Temple.
Leaders will break ground for the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Elder Matthew L. Carpenter, Africa Central Area President, will preside at the event.
The Lubumbashi temple will be 19,300 square feet in size and will be constructed on 2.57 acres. It will include two endowment rooms of 30 seats each. Ancillary buildings of 31,000 square feet will be built on the site, which will include a distribution center and patron and missionary housing.
The Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, first announced by President Nelson in April 2020, will be the second temple in the country. The Kinshasa temple was the first to be built in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are nearly 90,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 250 congregations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lubumbashi, the country’s mining capital, is in the southern tip of the country. Missionary work officially began in the country in early 1986.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Ephraim Utah Temple will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2022. Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside at the event.
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