A rendering of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday announced the groundbreaking for Haiti's first temple.

Construction on the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple will officially begin on Saturday, Oct. 28, with the traditional shovel ceremony under the direction of Elder Walter F. González, a General Authority Seventy and president of the church's Caribbean Area, according to

An invitation is required to attend the event on site, but the event will be broadcast to local meetinghouses, the statement said.

President Thomas S. Monson announced the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple on April 5, 2015, in general conference, the Deseret News reported. Haiti is home to more than 20,000 Latter-day Saints, 44 congregations and one mission.

Most of the LDS Church's 182 temples are in full operation, with 13 under construction, 2 closed for renovation and 13 announced prior to a groundbreaking.

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