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The Montreal Quebec Temple is the 86th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The leaders of the Mormon Church announced plans to build a temple in Montreal, Quebec on August 6, 1998. The Montreal Temple is the 6th temple to be built in Canada. It was one of the temples announced with a long list of others, which President of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinckley hoped to have completed by the end of 2000, so that there would be 100 operating temples throughout the world.
There is a great deal of Mormon history in Montreal. The Church began to be established in Montreal in the 1920s after Mormon missionaries were sent to the area in 1918. However there were many strong converts from Quebec as early as the 1830's who immigrated to the United States to be with the rest of the Church. For a long time, Montreal was the only part of Canada with a strong membership. In 1942, a church building was purchased from a Protestant congregation, renovated and used by the Mormon members in the area. By 1960 there were several congregations in Montreal. In 1961 the first French-speaking congregation was established and Mormon missionaries began teaching the gospel in French for the first time in Canada. By 1981, there were over 3,000 members in Quebec, the membership steadily grew to 6,800 members in 1990 and today there are more then 8,500 members in Quebec.
A site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony were held on April 9, 1999. Gary J. Coleman, a member of the Seventy, presided at the ceremony. The temple plot is 2.4 acres in the town of Longueuil. The Montreal Temple was open to the public for tours of the interior May 20th through the 27th 2000. Despite the short week long open house, more than 10,000 people toured the temple.
The President and Prophet of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, dedicated the Montreal Quebec Temple on June 4, 2000. Before the dedication began a cornerstone ceremony was held to officially complete the construction of the temple. Gordon B. Hinckley placed the cornerstone and had help from local children in placing the mortar. Around 6,000 members attended the four dedicatory sessions of the Montreal temple. The Montreal Temple serves more than 12,200 members from Montreal, Ottawa Ontario, Montpelier Vermont, and New York areas.
Other Temples in Canada
- Cardston Alberta Temple
- Edmonton Alberta Temple
- Halifax Nova Scotia Temple
- Montreal Quebec Temple
- Regina Saskatchewan Temple
- Toronto Ontario Temple
- Vancouver British Columbia Temple (Announced)