Puebla Mexico Temple

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A rendering of the Puebla Mexico Temple. ©2019 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

On 7 October 2018, at the close of the 188th Semiannual General Conference, Russell M. Nelson, the president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that a temple will be built in the city of Puebla, Mexico. Puebla is a city in east-central Mexico, southeast of Mexico City.

Mexico is home to nearly 1.5 million Latter-day Saints. There are 11 stakes and two districts in Puebla, and over 1,800 Latter-day Saint congregations in Mexico.

The Puebla Mexico Temple will be the 14th temple built in Mexico. The temple will be constructed in the northwestern section of the city, just south of a highway interchange on a beautiful boulevard with a landscaped center island named 15 de Mayo. The other temples in Mexico include the Mexico City Mexico Temple (1983), Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple (1999), Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple (2000), Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple (2000), Oaxaca Mexico Temple (2000), Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple (2000), Tampico Mexico Temple (2000), Villahermosa Mexico Temple (2000), Mérida Mexico Temple (2000), Veracruz Mexico Temple (2000), Guadalajara Mexico Temple (2001), Monterrey Mexico Temple (2002), and Tijuana Mexico Temple (2015).

The official rendering of the Puebla Mexico Temple was released to the public on Tuesday, 24 September 2019, in conjunction with the groundbreaking ceremony announcement. Preparations are currently underway for the groundbreaking ceremony. An existing building will be demolished, and the land will be cleared at the selected site ahead of the services.

Construction on the Puebla Mexico Temple will formally begin on Saturday, 30 November 2019. Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, president of the Mexico Area, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation with the services being transmitted via internet to stake centers in the proposed temple district.