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Here’s Your First Look Inside the Yigo Guam Temple

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The Yigo Guam Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens its doors to the public beginning this week.

The media toured the temple today, May 2, 2022. The new temple is in northeastern Guam, a U.S. territory located in the western Pacific Ocean. This is Guam’s first temple.

Yigo Guam Temple

The public open house will be held Wednesday, May 4, through Saturday, May 14, except for Sunday, May 8.

The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, May 22, in three sessions by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The dedicatory sessions will be held at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

A youth devotional will be held on Saturday, May 21, just prior to the dedication.

Temple Features

The nearly 6,900-square-foot temple was built on about six acres of land on the northeastern portion of the island of Guam, adjacent to Andersen Air Force Base. The temple is surrounded by lush tropical trees and includes more than 100 flowering trees and hundreds of decorative shrubs.

Exterior of the Yigo Guam Temple
Exterior of the Yigo Guam Temple

The temple has an end tower over the front entry facing east and features a beautiful blend of a natural Portuguese limestone called Moleanos. Beige stucco makes up the body of the temple and blends nicely with the limestone.

The Yigo Guam Temple will serve 9,600 members of the Church in Guam and the islands of Micronesia.

Recommend Desk - Yigo Guam Temple
The recommend desk in the Yigo Guam Temple.
Yigo Guam Temple
A detail of an interior rug.
The Yigo Guam Temple baptistry.
The Yigo Guam Temple baptistry.

Ground was broken for the temple in 2019. The temple was announced in October 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson.

There are currently more than 2,500 Latter-day Saints in five congregations in Guam. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ have been in Guam since the 1940s, likely as part of the armed forces during World War II.

Yigo Guam Temple ordinance room.
An ordinance room.
The celestial room in the Yigo Guam Temple.
The celestial room in the Yigo Guam Temple.
Sealing room - Yigo Guam Temple
A sealing room.

There are currently 282 temples worldwide that are announced, operating or under construction. Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the house of the Lord and the most sacred places of worship on 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 of Jesus Christ to participate in sacred ceremonies, such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.

Ceiling detail.
Chandelier detail.
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