Querétaro México Temple
On 4 April 2021, during the 191st Annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson announced that a temple will be built in Querétaro Mexico. This will be Mexico’s 16th temple.
Mexico is is home to approximately 1.5 million Latter-day Saints, more than any other country outside the United States, and 1,800 congregations. Missionary work began in México in 1875. Querétaro (officially known as Santiago de Querétaro) is a city about 135 miles northwest of La Cuidad de México (Mexico City) in the state of Querétaro in central México. It has a population of about one million residents.
On 7 December 2021, the location of the Querétaro México Temple was announced as a 3.58-acre site at Prolongación Tecnológico Norte 150 in the Colonia San Peblo neighborhood of Querétaro. The official exterior rendering of the Querétaro México Temple was also released on 7 December 2021.
Construction of the Querétaro Mexico Temple began on January 7 with a groundbreaking ceremony held on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Elder Adrian Ochoa, First Counselor in the Mexico Area Presidency, presided at the event. General Authority Seventies Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela and Elder Benjamín de Hoyos and their wives were also in attendance.
The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by several special guests, including local congresswoman Dulce Imelda Ventura Rendón; Alejandro García, general director of the government of the municipality of Querétaro; Adolfo Sotelo, coordinator of religious affairs for the municipality; Ellery Mariano López, director of the Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology IAP; Jackeline de los Ángeles Verdín, president of the Kristen AC Foundation board of trustees; Mariana Guerrero Chávez, president of the board of trustees of the Vive Mejor AC Foundation; the priest Sergio Corona, president of the Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the Catholic Church and president of the Interreligious Council of the State of Querétaro; Pastor Carlos Flores, from the Evangelical Church in Querétaro; Rabbi Edwin Sonier Acosta, of Eben-Ezer MCC.
Quoting President Gordon B. Hinckley, Elder Ochoa mentioned that when God decides to build a temple in a city, he wants to bless the members of the Church and all the people who live in that place. “God wants to bless this town and all the people who live in the cities that will make up the District of this temple,” Elder Ochoa said.
The dedicatory prayer was offered by Elder Adrian Ochoa, after which he joined several special guests and members of the Church for the ceremonial turning of the earth.
Temples in Mexico
- Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple
- Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico Temple
- Cuernavaca Mexico Temple
- Culiacan Mexico Temple
- Guadalajara Mexico Temple
- Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple
- Merida Mexico Temple
- Mexico City Benemerito Mexico Temple
- Mexico City Mexico Temple
- Monterrey Mexico Temple
- Oaxaca Mexico Temple
- Pachuca Mexico Temple
- Puebla Mexico Temple
- Querétaro México Temple
- San Luis Potosi Mexico Temple
- Tampico Mexico Temple
- Tijuana México Temple
- Toluca Mexico Temple
- Torreón México Temple
- Tula Mexico Temple
- Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico Temple
- Veracruz Mexico Temple
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