The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released an exterior rendering showing the planned design for the Davao Philippines Temple.
The temple will be built on a 2.7-acre site at Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road, Bgy. Ma-a, Davao City 8000, in the Philippines. The two-story structure will be approximately 18,450 square feet. The site will also include patron and temple presidency housing and a meetinghouse. An existing meetinghouse on site will be removed.
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Detailed design plans for this temple are still in process. A groundbreaking date has not been set.
The temple was announced in October 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. There are two temples in that country, in Manila and Cebu. Two more temples are under construction in Alabang and Urdaneta. Temples in Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod have also been announced.
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on the earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (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 and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity while living.