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Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple

Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
Location:  Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
Announcement:  5 April 2015

Construction Status

The Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

Temple Rendering

Renderings of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.

Temple Site

No site location has been officially announced for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple.

Temple Announcement

On April 5, 2015, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of Ivory Coast's first temple during the Sunday Morning Session of the 185th Annual General Conference. The Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) is home to approximately 20 million people including over 22,000 members of the Church. Missionary work officially began in Côte d'Ivoire in 1988. Church members in Abidjan, the country's largest city, currently attend temple services in Accra, Ghana, which is a twelve-hour drive. 1

Over the past few years, Church membership growth in Côte d'Ivoire has been among the highest in the world. The number of members and congregations has multiplied in this West African nation where fourteen stakes and twelve districts operate. Twelve of the fourteen stakes are headquartered in the greater Abidjan region. In 2012, three of the five stakes in Côte d'Ivoire were among the top 25 in the Church in the percentage of adults submitting family names for temple ordinances.

Temple Facts

The Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple will be the sixth temple built in Africa and the first built in Côte d'Ivoire.

1. "New Temples Announced: Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire); Port Au Prince, Haiti; Bangkok, Thailand," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 5 Apr. 2015.

"The temple is a point of intersection between heaven and earth. In this sacred place, holy work will be performed through selfless service and love. The temple reminds me of all that is good and beautiful in the world."
—David A. Bednar

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