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Apia Samoa Temple

Announced: The First Presidency announced on July 16, 2003, that the Apia Samoa Temple, which was destroyed by fire on July 9, would be rebuilt.

Location: Near the school and mission home in Pesega.

Telephone: (685) 64230

Presidency: Suauupa'ia K. Pe'a, president; Alema Fitisemanu, first counselor; Sailiata Fano, second counselor.

Site: Two acres.

Exterior finish: Granite.

Temple design: Reflects original design.

Architects and contractors: Naylor, Wentworth, Lund (Salt Lake City), Bud Bailey Construction/Jacobsen Construction (Salt Lake City).

Project manager: William Naylor.

Rooms: Celestial Room, baptistry, two ordinance rooms, two sealing rooms.

Total floor area: 18,691 square feet.

District: Members from 20 stakes in Samoa and American Samoa.

History: Original Apia Samoa Temple was announced in 1977 and dedicated six years later by President Gordon B. Hinckley. Fire destroyed that building July 9, 2003. Open house Aug. 6 to Aug. 27, 2005, excluding Sundays; total attendance 45,004. Dedicated in two sessions Sept. 4, 2005, by President Gordon B. Hinckley, temple district dedication attendance, 16,037.

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