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Lima Peru Temple
The Lima Peru Temple is the 38th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Peru, nestled at the top of the Pacific Coast “spine” of South America, is only a medium-size country, but it covers a continent’s-worth of extremes. Structures devoted to religious purposes are not new to Peruvians. They have the world-renowned Incan ruins and impressive cathedrals, particularly in Lima, where the influence of Spanish colonialism is still easily seen; this, along with the tropical jungles to the towering Andes as well as numerous cathedrals dot the lands of Peru. 
Because of the tremendous growth of the Church in Peru, Mormon leaders announced that a temple would be built in the beautiful city of Lima. The Lima Peru Temple was constructed in an undeveloped area on 5 acres with six spires that reach toward the heavens. The temple has influenced many of the Peruvians since it's dedication on January 10, 1986 by President Gordon B. Hinckley. A member of the Lima Peru Temple presidency said, that "building a new Temple is like throwing a stone into a lake; the resulting ripples radiate out and lift everything they touch." 
So, it has been with the Peruvian Temple which serves more than one hundred thousand Peruvian Saints. Serious economic and political problems in Peru have not hindered the temple attendance of the Mormon members. Temple attendance tripled during the years 1988 to 1990.
Lima has had constant economic problems and violence. Ever since the temple's construction this has improved.
- “News of the Church,” Ensign, Jan. 1986, 79