Mexico City Mexico Temple
The Mexico City Mexico Temple is the 26th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The announcement to build a Mormon temple in Mexico came in April 1976. Although it would take eight years to dedicate the first temple in Mexico, since then, eleven other temples have been built in the country. Plans to build the first temple in Mexico, however, were not easy.
In 1976 foreign missionaries were not officially recognized in Mexico, and mandatory laws required all buildings to be open to the public. This was especially problematic since Mormons believe that temples are literal houses of the Lord and only those who prove themselves worthy through their local Bishop and Stake President may enter the temple. But within a few years, laws changed in encouraging ways and the necessary building permits were approved in 1979.
Importing the necessary building materials and furnishings proved to be another obstacle. Out of respect and love for the Lord, only the finest of materials are used in building Mormon temples, thus the Church leaders requested an exemption from the importation law, as well as importing the materials without tax. Church leaders fasted and prayed and presented their request to the proper government authorities. Amazingly, the requests were approved and signed.
Emil Fetzer was the architect assigned to draw up plans for the Mexico City Mexico Temple. Of the four designs which were presented, one was of a Mayan type architecture. As the First Presidency studied each of the proposed designs, they felt that the one with the Mayan influence was the one most suited to the Mexican site and its surroundings.
The Mexico City Temple was dedicated December 2, 1983 by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then an apostle. The building is faced with white cast stone and white marble chips. It is the fifth largest temple in the Church and the largest temple outside the United States. The Mexico City Mexico Temple has a total of 116,642 square feet, four ordinance rooms, and eleven sealing rooms.
An Inside Look of the Mexico City Temple
The gallery of pictures via Mormon Newsroom.org provides an inside look at the Mexico City Temple.
Open House and Cultural Celebration
The public was invited to take a guided tour of the Mexico City Temple, which was closed for the past 19 months for renovations, beginning on Friday, 14 August 2015, and going through Saturday, 5 September 2015. There was not an open house on Sunday, 16, 23, or 30 August 2015. Tours took place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. More than 96,000 people visited the temple.
Prior to the rededication, a cultural celebration was held Saturday, 12 September 2015, with music and dance by Latter-day Saint youth. President Eyring told the performers, “May we enjoy and long remember this thrilling experience.”
Temple Re-dedication Services
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated the Mexico City Temple in two sessions Sunday, September 13, 2015. Both sessions were broadcast to meetinghouses in all stakes and districts in the Mexico City Mexico Temple district. The regular three-hour block of meetings scheduled on the 13th were cancelled enabling thousands of Latter-day Saints to participate.
Assisting President Eyring was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy and executive director of the Church's Temple Department and the Mexico Area Presidency.
The temple serves more than 384,000 members of the Church who live in Mexico City and in the states of Mexico, Baja California South, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí.
Currently, the Church in Mexico has 228 stakes (similar to dioceses) and more than 1.3 million members. The Mexico City Mexico Temple will serve more than 384,000 members of the Church who live in Mexico City and in the states of Mexico, Baja California South, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí.
There are 12 temples in Mexico, with the 13th under construction in Tijuana. Open house and dedication dates have been announced for November and December 2015. The other temples in Mexico include Ciudad Juárez, Colonia Juárez Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Hermosillo Sonora, Mérida, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Tampico, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz and Villahermosa.
Temples in Mexico
- Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple
- Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico Temple
- Guadalajara Mexico Temple
- Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple
- Merida Mexico Temple
- Mexico City Mexico Temple
- Monterrey Mexico Temple
- Oaxaca Mexico Temple
- Tampico Mexico Temple
- Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico Temple
- Veracruz Mexico Temple
- Villahermosa Mexico Temple