Trujillo Peru Temple
On 13 December 2008 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it will build a temple in Trujillo, Peru. The Trujillo Peru Temple is the second operating temple in Peru and the 147th dedicated temple of the Church in operation. Saints from all over the country have been attending the Lima Peru Temple, and those from the Trujillo area have been traveling by bus for 9-10 hours in order to do so. Often they would have to patiently wait for hours before there was room in the temple for them.
The temple is located in the Urbanización Primavera section of Trujillo. The site is located near the prominent Campo Eterno cemetery, on the highway to Huanchaco.
Open House and Inside Look
A free public open house for the Trujillo Peru Temple began on Friday, 8 May 2015 and continued through Saturday, 30 May 2015 with the exception of Sundays. There was not an open house on Sunday, 10 May, 17 May, or 24 May 2015.
Cultural Celebration and Temple Dedication
Prior to the dedication of the temple, a cultural celebration was held on Saturday evening, 20 June 2015. Hundreds of Latter-day Saint youth from communities near the temple presented the history of the Church through narration, song, and dance.
The Trujillo Peru Temple was dedicated on Sunday, 21 June 2015. The temple dedication services were broadcast at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to meetinghouses in Peru. The regular three-hour block of meetings were cancelled so that Latter-day Saints could have the opportunity to participate in the dedicatory sessions. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then-Second Counselor in the First Presidency presided over the services and gave the dedicatory prayer. Two choirs of Latter-day Saints from the temple district provided music for the cornerstone ceremony and inside the temple for the dedication services.
President Uchtdorf was accompanied by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder ]]Michael John U. Teh]] of the Seventy, and a representative of the Church Temple Department. During the cornerstone ceremony, President Uchtdorf remarked:
- We express our gratitude to the community, to the city, to the country, for making possible that this beautiful edifice, is being built on this historic location. And let this cornerstone, become a cornerstone in your lives, to build a foundation, of values, built on the gospel of Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of this work, and of our lives.
The temple will serve more than 88,000 members of the Church in and around Trujillo. The Lima Peru Temple was the first operating temple in the country. A third temple, the Arequipa Peru Temple, operates in the southwestern area of Peru. The Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be completed in 2023. Temples in Cusco and Chiclayo were announced in 2022.