The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints invited island stakeholders and members of the business community to tour its newly built temple in Milalak Drive off Marine Corps Drive in Yigo the week of May 2.

The temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints will be dedicated May 22. Photo courtesy of the LDS Church

The Yigo temple is one of only 172 worldwide and the groundbreaking was held on May 4, 2019. LDS temples are typically multi-million-dollar projects, according to industry experts.

The architectural firms for the project were RIM Architects and Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects of Salt Lake City in Utah. MGB+A of Salt Lake City and Belt Collins were the landscape architects, and Wadman Corp. of Ogden in Utah was the contractor.  

RIM has also worked with the church in Saipan, according to Journal files.

The 6,861 square foot new building – which sits on a 5.8-acre property has

traditional religious art but also incorporates elements of the region in its design, décor and furnishings, with the entrance way containing “subtle elements” of the Latte Stone in its temple entrance.  

After dedication on May 22, the temple will only be accessed by church members. The dedication will be presided over by David Allan Bednar – a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A former educator, Bednar was president of Brigham Young University–Idaho from 1997 to 2004.

The Church has about 2,500 members in Guam – which includes members of the U.S. military, and a total of 9,600 members in the Micronesian region combined, with several meeting houses on Guam and in the region. mbj