Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
Site grading and excavating for foundation; estimated to be completed in early to mid-2019 (no official dates announced)
Ordinance Rooms: One ordinance room (stationary) and one sealing.
Total Floor Area: 10,042 square feet.
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 28 October 2017 by Walter F. González
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Elder Walter F. González of the Seventy and president of the Caribbean Area presided. "When I think about this day, I can only think about everlasting joy and gratitude for all what the temple means in our lives," said Elder Gonzalez.1
At a stake conference held in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, March 12, 2017, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced that the Church had acquired the property behind the meetinghouse on Route de Freres for construction of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple. In addition to the temple, a temple president's residence and ancillary building will be built. The ancillary building will house utility equipment and a Distribution Services Center.
On April 5, 2015, during the Sunday Morning Session of the 185th Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a new temple would be constructed in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti is home to approximately 10 million people including more than 19,000 members of the Church. The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple will be the first in the country where missionary work officially began in 1980. Church members in Haiti currently attend temple services in the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple, requiring nearly a day's journey.2
A temple in Port-au-Prince will be an enormous lift and blessing to the Saints of Haiti who have endured substantial suffering in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and subsequent outbreak of cholera in one of the poorest countries in the world. The natural disaster destroyed countless vital records, creating an obstacle for members who wish to cross the border into the Dominican Republic but who are unable to present valid birth certificates. The Church is growing steadily in this island nation where its third and fourth stakes were recently organized in 2012—all four stakes being headquartered in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, which boasts well over two million residents.
1. "Church Leaders Break Ground for Mormon Temple in Haiti," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 28 Oct. 2017.
2. "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.