NOT AN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED TEMPLE
At a member meeting in Singapore held January 30, 2000, President Gordon B. Hinckley said in his remarks: "I said to one of the brethren tonight, 'How much does it cost you to go to Hong Kong to go to the temple?' He said, 'Oh, between 500 and 800 Singaporean dollars.' That's a lot of money, isn't it? Bless you for what you have done. The Lord bless you for the fact that you have made that sacrifice and taken advantage of that great and marvelous opportunity of going to the temple in Hong Kong.
"I want to throw out to you the challenge of promoting the growth of the Church in this area to a point where someday we can have a Singapore Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You live among those for whom a great work needs to be done in the house of the Lord, a great vicarious work. If it gets done, you're going to have to do it. I believe with all my heart that within this great city somewhere we could locate a temple. I don't know how the design will be; land is terribly expensive. But we built a temple on very expensive land in Hong Kong, and you're familiar with that. We could do the same here.
"Hurry along. Bring people into the Church. Bring them in with love. Bring them in with kindness. Bring them in with the example of your lives. So live the gospel that they will see in you something of wonder and beauty and be encouraged to inquire, study the gospel, and join the Church and thus build the membership here so that the time could come in the not-too-distant future when we might have a sacred house of the Lord in this part of the earth."1
1. Gordon B. Hinckley, "Singapore Member Meeting," Discourses of President Gordon B. Hinckley, Volume 2: 2000–2004 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 2005).