Singapore Republic of Singapore Temple
On April 4, 2021, at the 191st Annual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct a temple in the city-state of Singapore. The Singapore Republic of Singapore Temple will be the first temple constructed in the Republic of Singapore. Less than two years before, on a visit to Singapore in November 2019, President Nelson said he prayed for a day when the Saints there would have a temple of their own.
Singapore is located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and composed of one main island, 63 satellite islands, and an outlying islet. Singapore is home to 3,400 Latter-day Saints and seven congregations. "From the beginning, Latter-day Saint communities in Singapore have been a cosmopolitan mix of people from Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Indonesian, European, and other ethnic and national backgrounds. Singapore has drawn this diverse community of Latter-day Saints, all with unique gifts to share, because it is a hub of southeast Asian commerce, education, and culture."
"After decades of war and civil unrest in the South Asia area, efforts to spread the gospel to these countries began in earnest in the late 1960s. Tight government restrictions on foreign missionary visas established in 1970 created a Church culture in which local members, many of them new converts, assumed significant responsibilities of leadership and missionary work. By 1977 most new converts had been introduced to the gospel by other members."
Members have been active in family history work and have sent many names to the nearby Hong Kong and Taipei temples for sacred ordinances.
The Singapore Republic of Singapore Temple is currently in the planning stages. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the location for this temple on October 10, 2022. It will be built on a one-acre site located at 233 Pasir Panjang Road in Singapore. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 18,000 square feet. A meetinghouse with an arrival center will be constructed adjacent to the temple.