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The Site for the Tacloban City Philippines Temple

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the location of the Tacloban City Philippines Temple.

This house of the Lord will be built on a 6.99-acre site located at Tacloban Bypass Road Brgy. Utap-Caibaan, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 21,407 square feet.

Tacloban is located on Leyte Island in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines.

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President Russell M. Nelson announced this house of the Lord in October 2021. “I plead with you today to counter the lure of the world by making time for the Lord in your life — each and every day,” the prophet said before announcing 13 new temples, including the Tacloban City Philippines Temple.

Detailed design plans for this house of the Lord are still in development. Further information, such as exterior renderings and groundbreaking dates, will be made public later.

The first temple in the Philippines, the Manila Philippines Temple, was dedicated in 1984 by former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008).

In addition to the Tacloban City Temple, there are 12 other houses of the Lord announced, under construction or in operation in the Philippines: the Alabang, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Santiago, Tuguegarao City and Urdaneta Temples.

Since missionary work began in earnest in the Philippines in 1961, Church growth there has maintained an accelerated pace. Today, the country is home to more than 850,000 Latter-day Saints in around 1,275 congregations.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider temples to be “houses of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on the earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses or chapels. All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages that unite families forever.

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