Bahia Blanca Argentina Temple
During the 190th annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in April 2020, President Russell M. Nelson announced that one of the eight new temples to be constructed would be in Bahía Blanca, Argentina.
More than 40 million people live in Argentina, which is home to more than 470,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 735 congregations. Bahía Blanca is a port city in Argentina's Buenos Aires province. It is located about 400 miles south of Buenos Aires.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the groundbreaking for the Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple. The ceremony will be held Saturday, 9 April 2022. Elder Joaquin E. Costa of the Quorum of the Seventy, and the second counselor in the Church’s South America South Area presidency and a native of Concordia, Argentina, will preside at the event. Attendance will be by invitation only.
In addition to the groundbreaking announcement, the Church released a site location and exterior rendering for what will be the Church’s fifth temple in the South American nation. The other four temples in Argentina are the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple, Cordoba Argentina Temple, Mendoza Argentina Temple, and the Salta Argentina Temple.
The Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple will be built on a 8.14-acre site at Aldea Romana over Cabrera Avenue. The single-story structure will be about 19,000 square feet and have an ancillary building of approximately 25,000 square feet, including patron housing and a distribution center.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple is Held
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Bahía Blanca Argentina Temple was held on Saturday, 9 April 2022. The special event was attended by several community members, including local civic leaders and was by invitation only.
As part of the dedicatory prayer, Elder Joaquín E. Costa, said, "We thank the authorities of the different governments through the many years that the gospel has been shared here. We are grateful for the tolerance and openness to receive missionaries, allow construction, and provide a safe environment for the Restored Church of Jesus Christ to grow in Bahía Blanca and southern Argentina."
Watch a recording of the groundbreaking ceremony in Spanish below.
Temples in Argentina