Beira Mozambique Temple

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The Beira Mozambique Temple is the first temple to be constructed in Mozambique. President Russell M. Nelson announced at the closing session of the 191st Annual General Conference (April 2021). There are more than 15,000 Latter-day Saints in Mozambique, organized into 50 congregations.[1] More than a half million people reside in the city of Beira, which lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean in central Mozambique.

In May 2022, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi. "At the invitation of His Excellency, Elder Rasband prayed for the country, for the Lord’s guidance to come to all leaders of the nation, and for the peace of Jesus Christ to be brought to existing conflicts in the land. This prayer opened the first-ever meeting between a senior Church leader and a head of state in Mozambique."[2]

Among his remarks, Elder Rasband told the president, “It’s a great tribute to your country that our prophet would locate one of our most sacred buildings in Mozambique."

"President Nyusi responded that they awaited the temple with curiosity. 'It will add physical beauty, but above all, it will be a place of peace and humility and coexistence between cultures, between people, and between generations,' he said."[3]

Also present at the meeting were Elder S. Mark Palmer of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Edward Dube of the Africa South Area Presidency, Sister Melanie Rasband and Sister Jacqui Palmer, and other local Church representatives.

Samo Paulo Gonçalves, who works as a technical advisor to President Nyusi and serves as a counsellor in the Mozambique Maputo Mission, said after the meeting, “There are a lot of leaders in Mozambique, and the president doesn’t meet all of them, but he decided to meet us. This is a great honour for our Church. It’s a historic moment for us.”[4]

Location

The Beira Mozambique Temple is currently in the planning stages. No location has been announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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