Accra Ghana

Accra Ghana Temple
 

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The Accra Ghana Temple is a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built in the city of Accra, in the nation of Ghana, on the continent of Africa. It is the culmination of years of waiting and praying by Ghanaian members. Prior to the Dedication of the Accra Ghana Temple members had to travel to either the London England Temple or the Johannesburg South Africa Temple to receive temple blessings.[1]

The temple serves over 57,000 Church members in Ghana, as well as patrons from Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Liberia, Benin and Togo.

History

The history of the Church in Ghana traces back to the 1950s, when the Ghanaian people began reading copies of the Book of Mormon and other Church literature. As a result of personal study, many were converted to the teachings found therein and began forming their own Latter-day Saint congregations based on the doctrine they learned. In 1978, two missionary couples arrived in Ghana, and soon after, the Church began to formally organize the congregations into official branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Announcement

The building of the Accra Ghana Temple was announced on 16 February 1998 by President Gordon B. Hinckley. On the day of the announcement, at an outdoor gathering of some assembled members in Accra’s Independence Square, President Hinckley said, “You’ve gone a long time without a temple. When I was here five years ago [as a member of the First Presidency], we tried to find a place to build a temple. We didn’t find anything and we didn’t say anything to anybody. But efforts Monday, February 16, were more fruitful. This morning we approved the purchase of a beautiful piece of ground.”[2][3][4]

Local Church members received the news with jubilation. Ezra Sekyere, a member from Ghana, recalled, “It was an unforgettable day. … The spontaneity with which the announcement was greeted was so infectious. It was like an electric current had run through all of us.”[5]

Prior to the Accra Ghana Temple’s dedication, only a few hundred Mormons in the area had been able to journey to temples in Johannesburg, South Africa, and London, England. The erection of a West African temple made temple blessings accessible to faithful Church members throughout the region. Joseph William Billy Johnson, one of the earliest converts to the Church in Ghana, explained, “We kept praying and fasting, asking that the Lord would open the door to the temple some day. … I was so happy when President Hinckley announced there would be a temple. … There was jubilation that day. All the members were so happy.”[6]

Toby W. Tweh, a Church member from Liberia, added, “This is a happy time; I am so happy. … This temple in Accra will bring relief to us because there are so many members who want to go to the temple but they don’t have the money to go all the way to South Africa [or the United Kingdom].”[7]

Groundbreaking

A site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony were held on 16 November 2001. The ceremony was intended to begin at 8:00 that morning, however, it was delayed 45 minutes while awaiting the arrival of the Vice President who had returned earlier that morning from New York and graciously accepted an invitation to attend. The combined Christiansborg and Lartebiorkoshie stake choir provided inspiring music while the crowd waited. Upon his arrival, the ceremony commenced. Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, conducted the ceremony and gave the concluding remarks.

Groundbreaking followed with participation by Elder Nelson, the Vice President, stake presidents, and other dignitaries. The event was covered by a local radio station and Ghana Television[8][9][10]

Fifteen months after presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Accra Ghana Temple, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles returned to the construction site while on assignment to Ghana and Nigeria in February 2003. Ghanian Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who broke ground for the temple with Elder Nelson, met with the apostle in the Osu Castle. Elder Nelson says, “We have a very good relationship.”[11]

Open House

The temple was open for tours by the general public 3-20 December 2003. During the open house, more than 24,000 people were able to see the exquisite craftsmanship of the interior of the temple.[12]

Ghanaian President, John A. Kufuor, toured the temple and expressed his opinion that the presence of a temple in Accra would enhance the nation’s spirituality. The Vice President of Ghana, as well as many other officials, also took tours through the temple.[13][14][15]

Upon attending the open house, Ghanaian president John A. Kufuor expressed his opinion that the presence of a temple in Accra would enhance the nation’s spirituality. Many other visitors came away from the open house with similar sentiments.

Cultural Celebration

The tradition of holding a youth cultural celebration before the dedication of a temple began with the dedication of the Accra Ghana Temple at the request of President Gordon B. Hinckley. A cultural celebration titled “A Day of Celebration” was held on 10 January 2004, one day before the temple’s dedication. Church leaders, members and special guests, including tribal leaders, gathered at the Accra Sports Stadium as a cast of nearly 2,000 youth performed through song and dance.[16]

Dedication

The Accra Ghana Temple was dedicated on 11 January 2004, by President Gordon B. Hinckley. Over 5,300 Church members attended at least one of the three dedicatory sessions. In his dedicatory prayer, President Hinckley expressed his profound gratitude: “We thank Thee for the brotherhood that exists among us, that neither color of skin nor land of birth can separate us as Thy sons and daughters who have taken upon us sacred and binding covenants.” He also petitioned, “Please cause that Thy Holy Spirit shall dwell within these walls at all times. … May it ever be a place of refuge from the noise and cares of the world.”[17][18][19]

Charlotte Abankwa, who sang in the choir during the temple’s dedication, expressed the feelings of so many present that day: “I am humbled and happy,” she explained. “I don’t know how to express myself. I shed tears when we sang ‘How Great Thou Art,’ but I kept smiling. I couldn’t stop. How could anyone not smile on a day like this?”[20]

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The Accra Ghana Temple was the first operating temple in West Africa and the 117th in the world.  It was the second temple built in Africa, following the Johannesburg South Africa Temple in 1985.

Presidents

Gary M. Parke2018–
Stephen L. Graham2015–2018
George B. Afful[21]2012–2015
Julian P. Breillatt Jr. [22] 2009–2012
John C. Riding [23] 2006–2009
Grant Gunnell [24] 2003–2006

Details

Prominently set on Independence Avenue in downtown Accra, the temple has been called one of the most magnificent buildings in the country. Ghanaian Church leader Charles Sono-Koree explained, “The temple is also a spiritual landmark, and demonstrates our love for the Lord Jesus Christ.”[25]

Location

The Accra Ghana Temple is located at 57 Independence Ave., North Ridge, Accra, Ghana. It is situated on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the side of this major thorough fare.

The grounds and their gardens are open to the public and feature native flowers and palm trees.

Exterior

The Accra Ghana Temple is about 90 feet (27.43 meters) in height. It measures 147 feet (44.81 meters) wide, and 190 feet (57.91 meters) long. the temple is 17,500 square feet (1,625.8 square meters) in size.

Cladding

The exterior is made of granite quarried in Namibia, Africa, called Namibia Pearl.

Windows

The windows an the temple are stained glass panels set into brushed brass colored metal frames. The Stained glass was created by Holdman Studios South.[26]

Symbolism

Inscriptions

There are 2 Inscriptions on the Accra Ghana Temple. The first is on the East most end of the temple, above the celestial room windows, facing East South East. The inscription is in English, and is carved into the stone and painted black.

HOLINESS TO THE LORD
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

The second Inscription on the Accra Temple is above the north most edge of the covered entryway, faces North North East. The inscription is in English, and is carved into the stone and painted black.

HOLINESS TO THE LORD ◊ THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

Cornerstone

The cornerstone on the Accra Ghana Temple is on the North side of the North East corner of the temple. The text on the cornerstone is engraved into the stone, and unlike the inscriptions it is unpainted.

ERECTED
2005

Spires and Moroni

Spire

The temple employs a traditional design with a single spire. The single spire is set towards the south east along the middle of the pf the temple when viewed from the shortest edge, offset from the temple center along the longest edge, and inline with the doors on the north end.

Moroni

An Angel Moroni Statue was placed atop the lone spire of the temple on 17 April 2003. The Statue is a fiberglass replica of Karl Quilter’s 1985 10 foot statue. It is placed so that the feet face North East by East.

Interior

The interior of the Accra Ghana Temple measures 17,500 square feet

Included within the temple are a baptistry; instruction rooms, where patrons learn about Jesus Christ; a celestial room, symbolizing eternal life with God; and sealing rooms, where marriages are solemnized.

The interior of the Accra Ghana Temple showcases the beauty of traditional African craftsmanship and design. “Built by Africans from African materials, the Accra Ghana Temple is a landmark all Africans can be proud of,” said Marged Kirkpatrick, a Church member serving as a missionary in Ghana when the temple was dedicated. “Intricately crafted African granite was used for the floors, and native Makore wood for all the moldings. Carved carpets, beautiful murals of the Ghanaian countryside, handcrafted furniture and special art-glass windows all reflect an African influence.”[27]

Endowment

The temple has 2 endowment rooms in set up for a 2 stage progressive presentation of the endowment.

Sealing

The temple has 2 sealing rooms

Services Rooms

The temple has no food services and no clothing rental.

Individuals and Contractors

Architect ARUP [28]
Project Manager Russ Tanner [29]
Contractor
Taysec Construction Ltd [30]
Art Glass  Holdman Studios South [31]

Sources and Links

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Additional Articles

  1. [1]Gerry Avant, “Ghana Temple Brings Euphoria,” Church News, 17 January 2004.
  2. [2]Steve Fidel, “A Temple to be Built in Ghana,” Church News, 21 February 1998.
  3. [3]“Ghana Temple to Open Doors.”Church News, 4 October 2003. Accessed 24 November 2014
  4. [4]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  5. [5]Ezra Sekyere, quoted in “Church Members Celebrate 10th Anniversary of the Accra Ghana Temple Dedication,” Mormon Newsroom, Feb. 12, 2014,
  6. [6]Joseph William Billy Johnson, quoted in Gerry Avant, “‘Best Day of My Life’ — Members Exult Over Temple,” Church News, Jan. 17, 2004.
  7. [7]Toby W. Tweh, quoted in Gerry Avant, “‘Best Day of My Life’ — Members Exult Over Temple,” Church News, Jan. 17, 2004,
  8. [8]“Ground broken for First Temple in West Africa,” Church News, 24 November 2001.
  9. [9]“Ghana Temple to Open Doors.”Church News, 4 October 2003. Accessed 24 November 2014
  10. [10]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  11. [11]Julie Dockstader Heaps. “Saints in West Africa await temples: Elder Nelson visits Ghana and Nigeria.” Church News 1 Mar. 2003: 7.
  12. [12]Michael and Marged Kirkpatrick, “Ghana Temple opens,” Church News, 6 December 2003.
  13. [13]“Ghana Temple to Open Doors.”Church News, 4 October 2003. Accessed 24 November 2014
  14. [14]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  15. [15]Michael and Marged Kirkpatrick, “Open House ends at Accra Temple,” Church News, 20 December 2003
  16. [16]Gerry Avant, “Bright Day for Youth in Ghana,” Church News, 17 January 2004.
  17. [17]“Ghana Temple to Open Doors.”Church News, 4 October 2003. Accessed 24 November 2014
  18. [18]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  19. [19]Gerry Avant, “Ghana Temple Brings Euphoria,” Church News, 17 January 2004.
  20. [20]Charlotte Abankwa, quoted in Gerry Avant, “‘Best Day of My Life’ — Members Exult Over Temple,” Church News, Jan. 17, 2004,
  21. [21]New Temple Presidents.” Church News, 22 April 2012. Accessed 24 November
  22. [22]“New Temple Presidents.” Church News, 18 July 2009. Accessed 24 November
  23. [23]“New Temple Presidents.” Church News, 15 July 2006. Accessed 24 November
  24. [24]“New Temple Presidents.” Church News, 27 September 2003. Accessed 24 November
  25. [25]Charles Sono-Koree, quoted in “Ghana Temple Elegant Edifice of Commitment,” Church News, Dec. 6, 2003
  26. [26]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  27. [27]Marged Kirkpatrick, quoted in “Church Members Celebrate 10th Anniversary of the Accra Ghana Temple Dedication,” Mormon Newsroom, Feb. 12, 2014.
  28. [28]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  29. [29]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  30. [30]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014
  31. [31]“Pertinent Facts: Accra Ghana Temple.”  Church News, 17 January 2004. Accessed 24 November 2014

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