The Accra Ghana Temple is the 117th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Ghana, after second African temple after Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985).


The first Missionary Training Center in Africa opened in Tema, Ghana (just east of Accra) in 2002. The tradition of holding a youth cultural celebration before the dedication of a temple began with the dedication of the Accra Ghana Temple at the request of President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Ground was broken on Friday, November 16, 2001. Intended to begin at 8:00 that morning, the ceremony was delayed 45 minutes while awaiting the arrival of the Vice President who had returned earlier that morning from New York and graciously accepted an invitation to attend. The combined Christiansborg and Lartebiorkoshie stake choir thrilled the waiting crowd with inspiring music. Upon his arrival, the ceremony commenced; and Elder Nelson gave the concluding remarks. Groundbreaking followed with participation by Elder Nelson, the Vice President, stake presidents, and other dignitaries. The event was covered by a local radio station and Ghana Television.

Fifteen months after presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Accra Ghana Temple, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles returned to the construction site while on assignment to Ghana and Nigeria in February 2003. Ghanian Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who broke ground for the temple with Elder Nelson, met with the apostle in the Osu Castle. Elder Nelson says, "We have a very good relationship."

Temple District[]

The Accra Ghana Temple serves members from 55 stakes and 32 districts headquartered in Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, and Benin:


  1. Abomosu Ghana Stake
  2. Accra Ghana Adenta Stake
  3. Accra Ghana Christiansborg Stake
  4. Accra Ghana Kaneshie Stake
  5. Accra Ghana Kasoa Stake
  6. Accra Ghana Lartebiokorshie Stake
  7. Accra Ghana Madina Stake
  8. Accra Ghana Ofankor Stake
  9. Accra Ghana Tesano Stake
  10. Agona Ghana District
  11. Asamankese Ghana Stake
  12. Ashaiman Ghana Stake
  13. Assin Foso Ghana South Stake
  14. Assin Foso Ghana Stake
  15. Axim Ghana District
  16. Bibiani Ghana District
  17. Cape Coast Ghana Stake
  18. Ho Ghana District
  19. Koforidua Ghana Stake
  20. Kpong Ghana District
  21. Kumasi Ghana Asokwa Stake
  22. Kumasi Ghana Bantama Stake
  23. Kumasi Ghana Dichemso Stake
  24. Mpintsin Ghana Stake
  25. Nkawkaw Ghana District
  26. Obuasi Ghana District
  27. Sunyani Ghana District
  28. Swedru Ghana Stake
  29. Takoradi Ghana Stake
  30. Tamale Ghana District
  31. Tarkwa Ghana District
  32. Tema Ghana Stake
  33. Teshie Ghana Stake
  34. Twifu Praso Ghana District
  35. Winneba Ghana Stake
  36. Yamoransa Ghana Stake

Cote d'Ivoire[]

  1. Abengourou Cote d'Ivoire District
  2. Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Niangon Central Stake
  3. Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Niangon North Stake
  4. Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Niangon South Stake
  5. Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Selmer Stake
  6. Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Toit Rouge Stake
  7. Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Yopougon Attie Stake
  8. Abobo Cote d'Ivoire East Stake
  9. Abobo Cote d'Ivoire West Stake
  10. Aboisso Cote d'Ivoire District
  11. Adzope Cote d'Ivoire District
  12. Agboville Cote d'Ivoire District
  13. Akoupé Cote d'Ivoire District
  14. Alepe Cote d'Ivoire District
  15. Anonkoua Cote d'Ivoire Stake
  16. Bouafle Cote d'Ivoire District
  17. Bouake Cote d'Ivoire District
  18. Cocody Cote d'Ivoire Stake
  19. Daloa Cote d'Ivoire Stake
  20. Danané Cote d'Ivoire District
  21. Divo Cote d'Ivoire District
  22. Dokui Cote d'Ivoire Stake
  23. Duekoue Cote d'Ivoire District
  24. Gagnoa Cote d'Ivoire District
  25. Grand-Bassam Cote d'Ivoire Stake
  26. Issia Cote d'Ivoire District
  27. Man Cote d'Ivoire District
  28. Port-Bouet Cote d'Ivoire Stake
  29. San Pedro Cote d'Ivoire District
  30. Sinfra Cote d'Ivoire District
  31. Soubre Cote d'Ivoire District
  32. Yamoussoukro Cote d'Ivoire Stake

Sierra Leone[]

  1. Bo Sierra Leone East Stake
  2. Bo Sierra Leone North Stake
  3. Bo Sierra Leone West Stake
  4. Freetown Sierra Leone East Stake
  5. Freetown Sierra Leone Stake
  6. Kenema Sierra Leone Stake
  7. Kissy Sierra Leone Stake
  8. Kossoh Town Sierra Leone District
  9. Makeni Sierra Leone District


  1. Caldwell Liberia Stake
  2. Gardnersville Liberia Stake
  3. Kakata Liberia District
  4. Monrovia Liberia Bushrod Island Stake
  5. Monrovia Liberia Stake
  6. Paynesville Liberia Stake


  1. Lome Togo Be Stake
  2. Lome Togo Tokoin Stake


  1. Cococodji Benin Stake
  2. Cotonou Benin Stake

Temple Presidents[]

  1. Gary M. Parke 2018–
  2. Stephen L. Graham 2015–2018
  3. George B. Afful 2012–2015
  4. Julian P. Breillatt Jr. 2009–2012
  5. John C. Riding 2006–2009
  6. Grant Gunnell 2003–2006

See Also[]


Accra Ghana Temple[]


The Accra Ghana Temple is the 117th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Ghana, after second African temple after Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985).