Salt Lake City, Utah — On Saturday morning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sierra Leona.
According to church officials, the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple was the first of five recently announced structures scheduled for construction in West Africa.
The other temples announced in the area included Lagos, Nigeria; Benin City, Nigeria; Kumasi, Ghana; and Monrovia, Liberia.
A temple was also under construction in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
The recently constructed Praia Cape Verde Temple was preparing for a public open house and dedication – about 350 miles off the African coast. The additions will bring the total number of temples in West Africa to eight.
Tn the October 2019 general conference Freetown Sierra Leone Temple was originally announced.
The single-story temple will be built on a 2.9-acre site at Jui Road, Kossah Town, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
According to officials, there are more than 21,000 Latter-day Saints in the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple district, with approximately 70 congregations.