Coban Guatemala Temple
On 5 October 2019, during the 189th semiannual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in October 2019, President Russell M. Nelson announced that a temple would be built in Cobán Guatemala. The temple will be the third Latter-day Saint temple built in Guatemala. The two temples that are currently operating in Guatemala are the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple and the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple.
Missionaries first arrived in 1947 to the Central American country, which today is home to nearly 300,000 Latter-day Saints comprising 51 stakes and nearly 438 congregations. There are now seven missions.
On 25 May 2020, the location of the Cobán Guatemala Temple was announced. The temple will be a single-level building of approximately 8,800 square feet and will be built on a 5.4-acre site in the highlands of central Guatemala adjacent to 4a. Avenida 4-48 Zona 8, Barrio Bella Vista, in Cobán, Guatemala, on the site of the meetinghouse for the Cobán 2nd Ward. Plans also call for a replacement meetinghouse and a temple patron housing facility to be constructed on site.
Also, on 25 May 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Cobán Guatemala Temple was released.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for the Cobán Guatemala Temple
Elder Brian K. Taylor, president of the Central America Area, will preside at the groundbreaking for the Cobán Guatemala Temple in November 2020. Due to local government social-distancing guidelines, attendance at the site is by invitation only. Photos and video of the event will be available to the media and public on the Church Newsroom after the groundbreaking services.