Trujillo Peru Mormon Temple
On 13 December 2008 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it will build a temple in Trujillo, Peru. This will be the second temple in Peru. Saints from all over the country have been attending the Lima, Peru Mormon 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.
There is already a stake center on the building site, so the temple will be next door. The new temple will serve 88,000 Mormons who live in the region.
The groundbreaking for the new temple took place on Saturday, September 17, 2011, with Elder Rafael E. Pino of the Seventy presiding.
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
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the open house, cultural celebration, and dedication dates of the Trujillo Peru Temple.
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, the second operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru, 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, 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 Uchtdoef 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 has been announced for Arequipa in the southwestern area of Peru.