Montreal Quebec Temple
The Montreal Quebec Temple is the 86th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ announced plans to build a temple in Montreal, Quebec on 6 August 1998. The Montreal Temple is the 6th temple to be built in Canada. It was one of the temples announced with a long list of others, which President of the Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, hoped to have completed by the end of 2000 so that there would be 100 operating temples throughout the world.
- 1 Mormon History in Montreal
- 2 Temple Site Dedication, Groundbreaking Ceremony, and Open House
- 3 Montréal Québec Temple Dedication
- 4 Open House of Renovated Temple Announced
- 5 A Look Inside the Montréal Québec Temple
- 6 Cultural Celebration
- 7 Montréal Québec Temple Rededication
- 8 Other Temples in Canada
- 9 External links
Mormon History in Montreal
There is a great deal of Mormon history in Montreal. The Church began to be established in Montreal in the 1920s after Mormon missionaries were sent to the area in 1918. However there were many strong converts from Quebec as early as the 1830's who immigrated to the United States to be with the rest of the Church. For a long time, Montreal was the only part of Canada with a strong membership. In 1942, a church building was purchased from a Protestant congregation, renovated, and used by the Mormon members in the area. By 1960 there were several congregations in Montreal. In 1961, the first French-speaking congregation was established and Mormon missionaries began teaching the gospel in French for the first time in Canada. By 1981, there were over 3,000 members in Quebec. The membership steadily grew to 6,800 members in 1990, and today there are more then 8,500 members in Quebec.
Temple Site Dedication, Groundbreaking Ceremony, and Open House
A site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony were held on 9 April 1999. Gary J. Coleman, a member of the Seventy, presided at the ceremony. The temple plot is 2.4 acres in the town of Longueuil. The Montreal Temple was open to the public for tours of the interior May 20th through the 27th 2000. Despite the short week long open house, more than 10,000 people toured the temple.
Montréal Québec Temple Dedication
The President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ, Gordon B. Hinckley, dedicated the Montreal Quebec Temple on 4 June 2000. Before the dedication began, a cornerstone ceremony was held to officially complete the construction of the temple. Gordon B. Hinckley placed the cornerstone and had help from local children in placing the mortar. Around 6,000 members attended the four dedicatory sessions of the Montreal temple. The Montreal Temple serves more than 12,200 members from Montreal, Ottawa Ontario, Montpelier Vermont, and New York areas.
Open House of Renovated Temple Announced
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open the Montréal Québec Temple to the public and begin guided tours of its interior on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
The open house in the newly refurbished temple runs through Saturday, November 14, 2015, except for Sunday, November 8.
The temple is located at 1450 Boulevard Marie-Victorin in Longueuil. Tours, consisting of a 10-minute video presentation followed by a 30-minute walking tour through the temple, will begin at the Latter-day Saint chapel adjacent to the temple.
A Look Inside the Montréal Québec Temple
The gallery of pictures via Mormon Newsroom.org provides an inside look at the Montréal Québec Temple.
The formal rededication of the Montréal Québec Temple was preceded by a cultural celebration featuring music and dance by the youth of the Church. The celebration was held at the Monument-National Theatre on the evening of Saturday, 21 November 2015. Due to limited seating, attendance was by invitation only, but media were invited to attend. Those who wished to watch the cultural celebration were invited go to their local meetinghouse.
More than 400 Mormon youth from Quebec and eastern Ontario Canada gathered to participate in an event representing their spiritual and cultural heritage and the diverse history of the area. In a production named after the French province’s motto “Je me souviens — I remember,” the 12- to 18-year-old youth sang, danced and narrated their way through the various histories and cultures they represent.
Montréal Québec Temple Rededication
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated the Montréal Québec Temple in three sessions Sunday, November 22, 2015. The sessions were broadcast to meetinghouses throughout Canada, enabling thousands of Latter-day Saints to participate.
Assisting President Eyring was Presiding Bishop of the Church Gérald Caussé, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elders Anthony D. Perkins and Kent F. Richards of the Seventy.
Other Temples in Canada
- Cardston Alberta Temple
- Edmonton Alberta Temple
- Halifax Nova Scotia Temple
- Montreal Quebec Temple
- Regina Saskatchewan Temple
- Toronto Ontario Temple
- Vancouver British Columbia Temple (Announced)