Suva Fiji Temple

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Suva Fiji Temple
Closed for renovation
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Number 91 edit data
Dedication 18 June 2000 (18 June 2000) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 4.7 acres (1.9 hectares)
Floor area 10,700 sq ft (990 m2)
Height 71 ft (22 m)
Preceded by Melbourne Australia Temple
Followed by Mérida Mexico Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 18°7′11″S 178°26′18.8″E / 18.11972°S 178.438556°E / -18.11972; 178.438556 The Suva Fiji Temple is the 91st operating temple[1] of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2]

On May 7, 1998 the LDS Church First Presidency announced plans to build a temple in Suva, Fiji.

The first LDS missionaries arrived in Fiji in 1893. It was hard work for missionaries to travel among the 100 inhabited islands of Fiji to teach the people. The work was slow and it was not until 1954 that the first small congregation was organized. After 1954 the work began to quicken and by 1993 there were more than 6,600 members in six wards and fifteen branches.

A ground-breaking ceremony were held for the Suva Fiji Temple on May 8, 1999. Earl M. Monson, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, presided at the ceremony.[3] The site chosen for the Fiji temple was 4.7 acres (19,000 m2) and is considered one of the most beautiful temple sites. The Pacific Ocean can be seen from three sides of the property on one of the tallest hills in the area, and the site is located just a few minutes away from downtown Suva. The exterior of the temple is finished with Snow-white granite from Campolonghi, Italy and the grounds are beautifully landscaped.[4]

The temple was open for public tours from June 7 to 12, 2000. Just before the open house, starting on May 19, political unrest occurred in Fiji. A group of armed rebels held a group of government leaders hostage in Suva for weeks. Those held hostage included the Prime Minister of Fiji at the time, Mahendra Chaudhry. The situation was so intense that the church decided to send all of the Mormon missionaries in the area to the other side of the island to avoid any dangerous situations. Despite these problems and little media attention over 16,000 people toured the temple including 300 community leaders. Those who toured the temple were able to see the two ordinance rooms, two sealing rooms, Celestial room, baptistery, and learn more about Mormon beliefs associated with the temple.

The Suva Fiji Temple was dedicated on June 18, 2000 by LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley.[5] Because of the political unrest that had been going on since before the open house it was decided that a small dedication service would be best and the normal four dedicatory services were abandoned. Sixty people attended the dedication, which was held in the Celestial room of the temple.[6]

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  1. ^ Hunter, Richard; Wakeley, Alan (June 24, 2000), "Four temples dedicated in one overseas tour", Church News 
  2. ^ "'Fortress of faith' prompts brotherhood and tears", Church News, June 24, 2000 
  3. ^ Wakeley, Alan (May 22, 1999), "'Warm spirit' prevails in Fiji", Church News 
  4. ^ "Facts and figures: Suva Fiji Temple", Church News, June 24, 2000 
  5. ^ "Suva Fiji: 'May be blessed with peace'", Church News, June 24, 2000 
  6. ^ "Country information: Fiji", Church News, Jan 29, 2010 

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