The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released site locations for two new temples in Nigeria and a new, updated exterior rendering of the soon-to-be-renovated Kona Hawaii Temple.
The sites and rendering were published Monday, Sept. 11, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Lagos Nigeria Temple
Planned as a single-story building of approximately 19,800 square feet, the Lagos Nigeria Temple will be built on a 2.7-acre site at the northwest intersection of Rumens Road and Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. Also planned for the site are an arrival center and patron house.
Benin City Nigeria Temple
The Benin City Nigeria Temple is projected as a two-story building of about 30,700 square feet and will be built on a 2.17-acre site at 16 Commercial Ave., Benin City, Nigeria. Like the Lagos site, the Benin City temple location will also include an arrival center and patron housing.
In April 2020 general conference, President Nelson announced a temple for Benin City.
Houses of the Lord in Nigeria
In 2005, President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Aba Nigeria Temple, the country’s first house of the Lord and the third on the African continent, after the Johannesburg South Africa and Accra Ghana temples.
In October 2022 general conference President Nelson announced a fourth temple for Nigeria, to be located in the city of Eket. With the operating Aba temple and the three for Lagos, Benin City and Eket in planning and design, Nigeria’s four houses of the Lord are more than any other country in Africa, with three each in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Nigeria is the most populous country in West Africa. More than 200,000 Latter-day Saints comprising nearly 770 congregations reside in Nigeria, where the Church of Jesus Christ was first established in 1978.
Kona Hawaii Temple
In August 2022, the First Presidency announced planned renovations and expansion for the Kona Hawaii Temple. In conjunction with the announcement, an initial artist’s rendering of the renovated temple was released. The latest rendering shows updated details for the house of the Lord after the project, which is expected to take about two years.
The Kona temple will close later this month, on Sept. 30.
The projected closure was announced Monday, Aug. 29, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and was accompanied by an artist’s rendering of the temple’s exterior after the extensive renovations.
The renovations and expansion — taking the temple from 9,500 square feet to approximately 12,000 square feet — are expected to be completed by late 2025.
The Kona Hawaii Temple has been operating for more than two decades, having been dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley in January 2000. The temple is located on the island of Hawaii — also known as “the Big Island,” as it is the largest of the Hawaiian archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.
While the temple is closed for renovations, Latter-day Saints in the Kona temple district are encouraged to attend the Laie Hawaii Temple, on the island of Oahu, about 180 miles northwest of Kona.
Dates for the public open house and rededication following the renovation will be announced closer to the completion date.