Lisbon Portugal Temple Dedication
- September 15, 2019
- Youth devotional: September 14
- Dedication: September 15
The Lisbon Portugal Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be dedicated Sunday, September 15.
A youth devotional with senior Church leaders is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, a day before the dedication.
The temple—Portugal’s first—will open for ordinances on Tuesday, September 24.
The temple—located in the northeastern section of the city, near the modern parish of Parque das Nações—was announced by President Thomas S. Monson in the opening session of the October 2010 general conference. Elder Patrick Kearon, a General Authority Seventy who then was Europe Area President, presided over the December 5, 2014, groundbreaking and site dedication.
Portugal is home to more than 45,000 Church members in 68 congregations as well as 6 stakes, 4 districts, and 1 mission. The closest temple to the country currently is the Madrid Spain Temple, with more than 300 miles, or 500 kilometers, separating Lisbon and Madrid.
There are 201 temples worldwide operating, announced, or under construction, 12 of which are in Europe.
The first Latter-day Saint meetings in Portugal were in the early 1970s among members serving there in the United States military. In 1974, President Spencer W. Kimball visited the country and was told the Church would be officially recognized, with mission work allowed.
Also in 1974, William Grant Bangerter was called as the first mission president in Portugal, with four missionaries serving in Brazil reassigned to Lisbon. Four years later, Church membership had reached 1,000.