Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple

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Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple. © 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Plans to construct the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple were announced in the Sunday afternoon session of the April 2020 general conference by President Russell M. Nelson.

Lubumbashi is the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo behind the capital city of Kinshasa where a temple was dedicated in 2019. The Saints of Lubumbashi currently attend the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, which is located nearly 1,500 miles (2300 km) away—a prohibitive distance for most members. A temple in the southeastern region of the country will greatly bless its nearly 63,000 Church members.

On 10 May 2022, the official exterior rendering of the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was released. Also on 10 May 2022, the location of the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was announced as a site located on Av. Kashobwe across from École Privée Belge de Lubumbashi, an international Belgian school, and near Lac Kipopo, a beautiful man-made lake.

The Lubumbashi temple will be 19,300 square feet in size and will be constructed on 2.57 acres. It will include two endowment rooms of 30 seats each. Ancillary buildings of 31,000 square feet will be built on the site, which will include a distribution center and patron and missionary housing.


Groundbreaking for the Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple

Africa Central Area Presidency at Lubumashi Temple groundbreaking © 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple — the second temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in that central Africa country — is officially under construction following its groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Lubumbashi.

Elder Matthew L. Carpenter, a General Authority Seventy who is president of the Africa Central Area, presided at the event and offered the dedicatory prayer on the temple site and the temple’s construction. He was joined by counselors in the Area Presidency, including Elder Thierry K. Mutombo and Elder Ian S. Ardern and other area Church leaders. The area presidency stressed repeatedly the importance for members to hold a current recommend from this time forward, thus allowing them access to all the temple blessings.

Dozens of government, community and interfaith leaders also attended, many of whom participated in the soil turning ceremony.[1]

The Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple will be the second temple in the country, joining the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo Temple. A third temple will be constructed in Kananga. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to nearly 90,000 Latter-day Saints in 250 congregations.[2]

Lubumbashi, the country’s mining capital, is in the southern tip of the country. Missionary work officially began in the country in early 1986.

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