Hamilton New Zealand Temple

Hamilton New Zealand Temple

Hamilton New Zealand Temple

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The Hamilton New Zealand Temple (formerly the New Zealand Temple) is the 13th constructed and 11th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located just outside the city of Hamilton, New Zealand in the suburb of Temple View, it was built with a modern single-spire design very similar to the Bern Switzerland Temple.

The site for the temple was first chosen by Wendell B. Mendenhall who had been given a special assignment by President McKay to choose the site. The building of an LDS temple in New Zealand was announced by David O. McKay, the ninth president of the LDS Church, on February 17, 1955. With its completion in 1958, it was the first temple built by the LDS Church in the Southern Hemisphere and the second to be built outside of the United States and Canada.

A ground-breaking ceremony and site dedication were held on December 21, 1955. The site of the temple is on , which includes the LDS-owned Church College of New Zealand, a secondary school for students aged twelve to eighteen. The temple is , has one ordinance room, three sealing rooms, and a baptistery. The spire rises to a height of . The Hamilton New Zealand Temple was built entirely by church labour missionaries who volunteered all of their time. Local members supported these workers with money, food, and lodging.

Hugh B. Brown, then an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, placed the ceremonial cornerstone of the temple on December 22, 1956. The temple...
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