News Release

Groundbreaking Announced for Lisbon Portugal Temple

148 temples in operation around the world

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today that the Lisbon Temple groundbreaking will take place on December 5, 2015, at 12:00 (noon), local time - same as in the UK. The temple site is located at Avenida Dom João II, 1990-364 Moscavide, Lisboa, at an area called Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations), in the site of World Expo of 1998.

Attendance at this ceremony is by invitation only, with the general public invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple will be the Church’s first temple in the country joining 13 others across Europe. The Church currently has 148 operating temples worldwide.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. A temple is considered a “house of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.

NOTE: A media section will be provided for the groundbreaking ceremony. Media covering this event are asked to be onsite no later than 11:30 a.m., to capture video, stills and audio from the talks given and the actual breaking of ground. However, media are respectfully asked not to record the dedicatory prayer.

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