Quito Ecuador Temple
On 3 April 2016, during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced that Ecuador's second temple would be constructed in the capital city of Quito. The Quito Ecuador Temple will be constructed east of Quito in the beautiful suburb of Cumbayá at the junction of Ruta Viva and Escalón Lumbisí.
Nestled in a long, narrow valley high in the Andes mountains, Quito is known for being the highest capital city in the world at 9,350 feet above sea level. There are seven operating stakes in this city of 2.5 million people, which is the second most populous city in Ecuador after Guayaquil, where the nation's first temple was constructed. Prior to the announcement of Quito's temple, Ecuador was the country with the highest number of members with only one temple. The Saints of Quito currently travel 270 miles to reach the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple, w2hich was dedicated on 1 August 1999. Saints in the Imbabura region, north of Quito, generally arrange 13-hour overnight bus trips to attend the temple, participating in two endowments sessions and lunch before reboarding the bus and returning home.
The official rendering of the Quito Ecuador Temple was released on 7 March 2019, in conjunction with the groundbreaking announcement. Elder Enrique R. Falabella, South America Northwest Area President, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, 11 May 2019. Attendance at the temple site is by invitation only, but the general public is invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.