Naga Philippines Temple
President Russell M. Nelson announced the construction of two more temples for the Philippines during his closing remarks at the Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference on October 2, 20122, making the Naga Philippines Temple the ninth temple in the Philippines.
The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelagic country that consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Naga City is located about 250 miles southeast of Manila in Luzon. "Brian Passey, of Phoenix, Arizona, reflected on the growth of temples in the Philippines since his days there as a missionary. 'When I served as a missionary in Naga in the late 1990s, the only temple in the Philippines was in Manila,' he said. 'Though Manila and Naga were on the same island, the cost of traveling to Manila was prohibitive for many. Having a temple in the Bicol Region will be a great blessing for the residents of that beautiful area of the Philippines.'”
The Philippines is home to more than 833,000 members of the Church meeting in 1,256 congregations. A few Filipinos joined the Church in the 1940s and 1950s, but missionary work did not begin in earnest until 1961. After that point, it accelerated quickly. By the end of the decade, the Church had a presence on eight major islands. In 1973 the first stake in the Philippines was organized.
The Naga Philippines Temple is currently in the planning stages. No location has been announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Temples in the Philippines
- Alabang Philippines Temple
- Bacolod Philippines Temple
- Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple
- Cebu City Philippines Temple
- Davao Philippines Temple
- Manila Philippines Temple
- Naga Philippines Temple
- Santiago Philippines Temple
- Tacloban City Philippines Temple
- Urdaneta Philippines Temple