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Open house and dedication dates announced for Haiti temple

The open house dates for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple were announced by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Nov. 14, in a Newsroom release.

Beginning on Saturday, April 20, 2019, the open house, which is free to the public, will run until Saturday, May 4, 2019, excluding Sundays.

The temple dedication date is scheduled to take place in three sessions on Sunday, May 19. The sessions will be held at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. A youth devotional is set to be held prior to the dedication on Saturday, May 18, and will be broadcast to meetinghouses throughout the temple district in Haiti.

The Haiti temple, the first for the country, is anticipated to serve more than 17,000 Latter-day Saints spread throughout four stakes and three districts in Haiti. The neighboring Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple was previously the closest temple for Latter-day Saints on the island.

Mayor Dominique Saint-Roc of Pétion-Ville (left), attended the temple ground breaking Oct. 28, 2017. He was accompanied by Karlyle Raphael, president of the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission (center). The open house and dedication dates of the Haiti temple were just announced.
Mayor Dominique Saint-Roc of Pétion-Ville (left), attended the temple ground breaking Oct. 28, 2017. He was accompanied by Karlyle Raphael, president of the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission (center). The open house and dedication dates of the Haiti temple were just announced. Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

President Thomas S. Monson announced the Haiti temple on April 5, 2015, during general conference. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple took place on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, under the direction of Elder Walter F. González, General Authority Seventy and president of the Caribbean Area.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Fritzner Andre Joseph and his wife, Marie-Gina Michel Joseph, were called to serve as the temple president and matron of the Haiti temple. They will begin their service following the dedication in May.

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