The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

Ground has been broken in for the Bacolod Philippines Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday morning, December 11, 2021. The sacred structure will be built on a 12.3-acre site located on the Bacolod Airport Access Road.

Presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony was Elder Taniela B. Wakolo of the Seventy and Philippines Area President. He was joined by his counselors Elder Steven R. Bangerter and Elder Yoon Hwan Choi.

In a dedicatory prayer, Elder Wakolo emphasized how the temple addresses the Bacolod Saints’ sacrifice to travel far, even by boat, just to receive the sacred ordinances. He stated, “We have patiently waited for the time that a temple will grace this Bacolod area. Thy children here and those who will be served by the Bacolod Temple District, their predecessors and their posterity, have yearned for the ordinances and covenants of the Temple.”

“This temple will then stand not only as a symbol of our membership in the Church, but as a sign of our faith in life after death and as a sacred step toward eternal glory for us and our families,” he added.

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, in his talk, highlighted President M. Russell Ballard’s quote, “Nothing prevents you or anyone else from visiting the temple grounds. The Lord wants you to prepare yourself to be worthy of a temple recommend and come to the temple as soon as you can.”

To read the full report, CLICK HERE.