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Ground broken for Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple — 2nd temple on the Asian island

More than 500 people gather for the groundbreaking ceremony as construction begins on the 2nd house of the Lord on the island

More than 500 people gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple on Nov. 25, and many more watched online as construction begins on the second house of the Lord on the island. 

Elder Benjamin M.Z. Tai, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s Asia Area, presided at the event and offered the dedicatory prayer on the site, reported ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

Community and religious leaders attended the event, including Niaosong District Mayor Hsueh-Hung Lu.

Elder Tai said the temple on the island is due to a “remarkable legacy of faith and dedication” by Church pioneers who “at great personal sacrifice helped to establish the Church here in southern Taiwan.”

“As a young boy, I never would have imagined that one day, a temple will be built here, because temples always seemed so distant and few in number,” said Elder Tai, who spent several years of his childhood in Kaohsiung, which is on the southeastern side of Taiwan. 

Elder Benjamin Ming Zhe Tai, Sister Naomi Toma Tai and Mayor Hsueh-Hung Lu hold shovels with soil during the groundbreaking.
Elder Benjamin M.Z. Tai, a General Authority Seventy and Asia Area president, right; Sister Naomi Toma Tai, center; and Niaosong District Mayor Hsueh-Hung Lu, left, hold shovelfuls of soil during the groundbreaking of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The first house of the Lord on the island was the Taipei Taiwan Temple, which was dedicated in 1984 and is on the northern end of the island. Since then, Latter-day Saints in the south have regularly made all-day trips to Taipei to worship in the house of the Lord, Elder Tai said.

The Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple was announced in October 2021 by President Russell M. Nelson. The temple will be built on a 1.26-acre site near Dachang Road and Dehua Street, Niaosong District, Kaohsiung City. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 10,900 square feet, or 1,103 square meters. 

Exterior rendering of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple.
Exterior rendering of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Elder Tai used the groundbreaking as a metaphor: to break through the barriers of misunderstanding and conflict to choose peace; to turn hearts like soil toward God, righteousness and their relationships; and to grow spiritually on a solid foundation of testimony. 

“Temple groundbreakings remind us of the need to dedicate ourselves to the purpose for which we are here on earth and to our important role in the Lord’s work of salvation,” Elder Tai said. 

Latter-day Saints consider a temple to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses, or chapels. All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ to participate in sacred ceremonies that unite families forever.

Shen Huang Mei-Hui, left, and Tseng Yu-Chieh speak at a podium during the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony.
Shen Huang Mei-Hui, left, and Tseng Yu-Chieh shared their testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ and the blessings brought by the eternal gospel during the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Shen Huang Mei-Hui, who had lost her husband, said, “I’m more grateful now that God grants us temples. … Although death has separated [my husband and me] briefly, I always recall our eternal connection. I want to be with my husband forever. This love gives me the courage to keep going. I know if I endure to the end, we will be an eternal family.”

Kaohsiung Taiwan North Stake President Lee Chun-Chia echoed the teachings of President Nelson. “The ordinances and covenants of the temple hold eternal importance. We keep building more temples so we each can more easily gain spiritual refinement,” he said. 

Today, there are more than 62,000 Latter-day Saints and around 100 congregations across the island.

There are 335 Latter-day Saint temples around the world, including those dedicated, under construction and announced.

An aerial view of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple site set up for the groundbreaking.
An aerial view of the site for the groundbreaking of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A man and a woman smile while walking side by side during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
About 500 Church members and friends, including Niaosong District Mayor Hsueh-Hung Lu, right, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Three adults and five children pose for a photos at the  Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking.
A family poses for a photo at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Nov. 25, 2023.  | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Two sisters and four elders pose for a photos the framed rendering of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple.
Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pose for a photo with the framed rendering of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple at the groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
People greet each other at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony.
About 500 Church members and friends attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Four people pose for a photo at the the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple.
About 500 Church members and friends, including religious leaders from the Tzu Chi Charitable Foundation, attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elder Benjamin Ming Zhe Tai speaks at a podium with the framed Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple behind him.
Elder Benjamin M.Z. Tai, a General Authority Seventy and the Church’s Asia Area president, speaks at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A woman plays a piano with a flautist behind her, while several people sing at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony.
Several members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform a musical number during the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A dozen people stand and hold shovels of soil at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are joined by Church members, community and religious leaders to turn the soil at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Adults and children help turn shovelfuls of soil during the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help turn shovelfuls of soil during the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elder Min-Zu Wang, an Area Seventy, stands at a podium and speaks during the the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony.
Elder Min-Zu Wang, an Area Seventy, conducts the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A man and woman hold one shovel as they turn the soil at the the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple.
Church members pose for a photo at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023.  | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Kaohsiung Taiwan North Stake President Lee Chun-Chia speaks at a podium at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony.
Kaohsiung Taiwan North Stake President Lee Chun-Chia speaks at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elder Benjamin Ming Zhe Tai speaks at a podium with the framed Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple behind him.
Elder Benjamin M.Z. Tai, a General Authority Seventy and the Church’s Asia Area president, speaks at the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 25, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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