News Release

Church Leader Announces Latter-day Saint Temple for Papua New Guinea

One of eight new temples announced at general conference

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build eight new temples throughout the world, including one in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea.

For the first time, the announcement of eight new temples was made Saturday evening during the women’s session of general conference, which was held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.


President Nelson’s announcement brings the total number of operating temples (166) and temples announced or under construction (51) to 217 worldwide.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

More than 28,000 Latter-day Saints in 80 congregations live in Papua New Guinea. Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea. Members of the Church currently attend the temple in Suva, Fiji. The Port Moresby Branch (a small congregation) was organized October 10, 1979. The Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Mission was created February 13, 1992.

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