Announced in 2011 by President Thomas S. Monson, the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple has been gestating for some time. Today, the Church announced that the groundbreaking for the temple will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 12:00 PM local time.
Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy along with Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a General Authority Seventy, will direct the ceremony.
Manitoba, with 4,500 members of the Church across 12 congregations, has been one of the few Canadian provinces without a temple (the others being New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador). The saints of Winnipeg currently have to drive 400 miles to Regina, Saskatchewan to attend the temple.
The temple will be the ninth in Canada and the first in Manitoba. It will also be Canada’s first temple since the Vancouver British Columbia Temple was dedicated in 2010.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the artist’s rendering. This is a cool temple! It looks more like a random Methodist church in the Midwest than a typical LDS temple, and that is meant in a good way. From the large stained glass window in the front to the tan stone exterior, it is evocative of early churches across the plains. Unlike a few other temples currently underway, the Winnipeg Temple will have an angel Moroni atop its spire. It will also pretty clearly be a small temple in terms of square footage.
Temple construction regularly takes about 2½-3 years, so look for a dedication sometime in 2020 if all goes according to plan.