“To have a temple in Portugal is a symbol of our growth, a symbol of our confidence in Portugal, in our Church, and in our people here," said Elder Patrick Kearon, Europe Area President.
More than five years after President Thomas S. Monson announced plans for a temple in Lisbon, Portugal, excited Church members joined with Church and civic leaders on December 5 for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the country’s first temple.
Described as “a great blessing for the Portuguese Saints,” by Europe Area President Elder Patrick Kearon, when completed, the temple will be one of 14 operating temples in Europe.
“The Lisbon Temple groundbreaking is the culmination of years of hope and prayers and faith,” Elder Kearon said in a video posted on mormonnewsroom.org.uk. “It’s just a glorious moment for the 42,000 Latter-day Saints who live in Portugal.”