The Nuku alofa Tonga Temple
is the 25th constructed and 23rd operating temple
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
. It is located in the middle of Tonga
's main island Tongatapu
. The area where the temple is located is commonly known as Liahona
, after the name of the church-owned high school there. The temple is several miles south of its namesake city, the capital Nukualofa
The temple is the only to built in Tonga, and has floor plan similar to the other southern Pacific temples, the Apia Samoa Temple
(rebuilt in 2005) and the Papeete Tahiti Temple
. It was built with a modern single-spire design, similar to the Bern Switzerland Temple
and the London England Temple
. Most of the construction work on the temple was done by labor missionaries from New Zealand and other South Pacific Islands.
The Nuku alofa Tonga Temple was announced on 2 April 1980, and dedicated on 9 August 1983 by Gordon B. Hinckley
. The temple was built on a plot, has 2 ordinance rooms and 3 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of .
The temple was closed for renovation in July 2006. An open house was held September 29 - October 20, 2007 and the temple was rededicated on November 4, 2007 by Russell M. Nelson