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The Suva Fiji Temple is the 91st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the first temple built in Melanesia. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremony for the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple.

Temple History[]

Before the dedication of the Suva Fiji Temple, the 12,000 members in four stakes currently living on the main island of Viti Levu and in two districts located on the nearby islands of Vanua Levu,Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu, traveled to temples in Tonga, Samoa or New Zealand. Now their own temple is located just minutes away near the Samabula Chapel. It is a scenic location not far from the downtown area of Suva, Fiji's capital. With views of the Pacific Ocean from three sides of the property, the land is located at one of the highest points in the city.

Elder Earl M. Monson of the Seventy presidency presided at the temple's groundbreaking services. "It will be a privilege for many of you to watch as the temple grows from where we are today to a beautiful structure on this scenic hillside," he said to those gathered at the event. He said the temple will stand as a reminder of the intention God has for families to be eternal. "It will be wonderful for mothers and fathers to be able to point to this temple and say that this is where we were sealed for eternity and their families will have a sense of peace and assurance that will help them through difficult times," he said.

Referring to the great era of temple building initiated by President Hinckley, Elder Monson continued: "In many ways we are preparing for the Second Coming of the Savior to the earth, but equally important is that we are preparing family members to meet Him. It is wonderful to know the steps to be taken on the strait and narrow path, defined by the Savior, that lead to eternal life, and to know how families and the temple are interlocked with them" (Church News, 22 May 1999).

Temple District[]

The Suva Fiji Temple serves members from 9 stakes and 21 districts headquartered in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands:

Fiji[]

  1. Korovou Fiji District
  2. Labasa Fiji District
  3. Lautoka Fiji Stake
  4. Nausori Fiji Stake
  5. Suva Fiji North Stake
  6. Suva Fiji Stake
  7. Taveuni Fiji District

Papua New Guinea[]

  1. Daru Papua New Guinea Stake
  2. Gerehu Papua New Guinea District
  3. Goroka Papua New Guinea District
  4. Isumo Papua New Guinea District
  5. Lae Papua New Guinea District
  6. Madang Papua New Guinea District
  7. Minj Papua New Guinea District
  8. Moveave Papua New Guinea District
  9. Oro Papua New Guinea District
  10. Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Stake
  11. Rigo Papua New Guinea District
  12. Sepik River Papua New Guinea District
  13. Sogere Papua New Guinea District
  14. Suki Papua New Guinea District

Kiribati[]

  1. Southern Kiribati District
  2. Tarawa Kiribati East Stake
  3. Tarawa Kiribati North District
  4. Tarawa Kiribati West Stake

Vanuatu[]

  1. Luganville Vanuatu District
  2. Malekula Vanuatu District
  3. Port Vila Vanuatu Stake
  4. Tanna Vanuatu District

Solomon Islands[]

  1. Honiara Solomon Islands District

Presidents[]

  1. S. Anil Bhan 2019–
  2. Alipate Tagidugu 2018–2019
  3. Jackson C. Yee 2015–2018
  4. Ebbie L. Davis 2011–2015
  5. LaRon P. Woolley 2008–2011
  6. Richard W. Wells 2005–2008
  7. Orlo K. Spencer 2002–2005
  8. Sitiveni W. Bale 2000–2002

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References[]


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The Suva Fiji Temple is the 91st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the first temple built in Melanesia. It is a scenic location not far from the downtown area of Suva, Fiji's capital. With views of the Pacific Ocean from three sides of the property, the land is located at one of the highest points in the city.

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