With the groundbreaking of the second LDS temple in the Caribbean, the Church now has 182 temples around the world open, announced, or in construction.
Ground was broken for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple on Saturday, October 28, 2017, as Mormons and community leaders gathered to participate in the event. The temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson April 5, 2015.
Elder Walter F. González of the Seventy and president of the Caribbean Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints directed the groundbreaking ceremony. Elder Claudio D. Zivic and Elder Jose L. Alonso, counselors in the Area Presidency, also participated. They hosted Dominique Saint-Roc, mayor of the community of Pétion-Ville, location of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.
“When I think about this day, I can only think about everlasting joy and gratitude for all what the temple means in our lives,” said Elder Gonzalez as he responded to questions from the local media.”