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Port Vila Vanuatu Temple

Announcement of the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple

On Oct. 4, 2020, President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Port Vila, an Oceanian city on the island of Efate and within the country of Vanuatu. Efate is currently in the Suva Fiji Temple district, meaning members have to travel 1,072 kilometers (479 nautical miles) east to attend the temple.

The groundbreaking of the Port Vila temple is planned for April 8, 2022, and will be presided over by Elder K. Brett Nattress, president of the Pacific Area.

Timeline of the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple

October
04
2020
Announced

President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Port Vila, Vanuatu, on Oct. 4, 2020, during October 2020 general conference. This announcement came during the last talk of the Sunday afternoon session.

President Russell M. Nelson in a suit speaking from a pulpit at October 2020 general conference.
April
08
2023
Groundbreaking

The temple’s groundbreaking ceremony will be held April 8, 2023, with Elder K. Brett Nattress, a General Authority Seventy and the president of the Pacific Area, presiding.

Elder K. Brett Nattress wearing a black suit coat and striped tie.

The Port Vila temple was announced Oct. 4, 2020, by President Russell M. Nelson. The groundbreaking and site dedication will be held on April 8, 2023, and presided over by Elder K. Brett Nattress, president of the Pacific Area.

Architecture and Design of the Port Vila Vanuatu Temple

Plans for the Port Vila temple call for a one-story building of around 10,000 square feet. Renderings show a white exterior with brown windows around the edifice and a center spire above the entrance. Palm trees and purple flowers will adorn the base of the temple.

The temple will be built on a 1.62-acre site, next to the Blacksands meetinghouse in Port Vila. Near the temple will be built an ancillary building that will include a distribution center, an arrival center and patron housing.

Above the temple’s entrance are inscribed the phrases “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” and “THE HOUSE OF THE LORD” in English, one of Vanuatu’s three official languages (English, French and Bislama).

Quick Facts

Announced

4 October 2020

Groundbreaking

8 April 2022

Groundbreaking to Be Presided by
Location

Rte to Mele
Port Vila, Efate
Vanuatu

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This will be the first temple for Vanuatu, which comprises more than 80 islands.

Fact #2

In the same talk this first temple in Vanuatu was announced, President Russell M. Nelson announced the first temple for the Oceanian country of Kiribati. Missionary work in Port Vila started in 1975, the same year it started in Kiribati.

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This will be the first temple for Vanuatu, which comprises more than 80 islands.

Fact #2

In the same talk this first temple in Vanuatu was announced, President Russell M. Nelson announced the first temple for the Oceanian country of Kiribati. Missionary work in Port Vila started in 1975, the same year it started in Kiribati.