The temple in Apia, capital city of Samoa, was first announced on October 15, 1977. A groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication were held on February 19, 1981, with Spencer W. Kimball giving the dedicatory prayer. Both the original temple and the rebuilt temple use a classic modern design with a single spire, on a Шаблон:Convert temple site. The original temple was Шаблон:Convert, but with the rebuilding the total floor area is now Шаблон:Convert. The exterior of the temple is finished with granite. The temple has two ordinance rooms and two sealing rooms. The temple was open to the public for tours July 19 through 30, 1983. Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Apia Samoa Temple August 5, 1983 and rededicated the new temple on September 4, 2005. The Apia Samoa temple is one of the more heavily used temples of the church and serves members from 20 stakes in American Samoa, and the islands of Upolu and Savai'i.
Fire and reconstruction
On July 9, 2003, a fire destroyed the temple. Although the cause of the fire is unknown, no one was hurt due to it being closed for expansion and renovation. The fire occurred in the evening after workers had gone home. One week later, on July 16, 2003, the First Presidency sent a letter to the people of the area telling them that the temple would be rebuilt. A couple months later, on October 19, 2003, the site was rededicated and a groundbreaking ceremony was held. As part of the construction process, the church demolished a building on the property and built a new chapel across the street from the temple. On January 25, 2005 the angel Moroni statue that had survived the fire was placed on the spire of the new building.
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- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa