Ground Broken for the Puebla Mexico Temple, Mexico’s 14th Temple

Contributed By Sydney Walker, Church News staff writer

  • 2 December 2019

Latter-day Saint children lift shovelfuls of dirt at the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019. 

Article Highlights

  • The Puebla Mexico Temple will be the 14th temple in Mexico.

Church and community leaders gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30.

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, a General Authority Seventy and President of the Mexico Area, presided at the event. His counselors, Elder Rafael E. Pino and Elder John C. Pingree Jr., also attended.

President Russell M. Nelson announced the Puebla Mexico Temple in the October 2018 general conference, along with 11 other temples. The temple in Puebla will be the 14th in Mexico, which has more than 1.4 million Church members in over 1,800 congregations.

The Church currently has 217 temples around the globe that are operating, are undergoing construction or renovation, or have been announced.

Read more about the groundbreaking for the Puebla Mexico Temple on Newsroom.

Latter-day Saint young people provide music for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Latter-day Saint young people provide music for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Latter-day Saint young people provide music for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

From left to right: Elder John C. Pingree Jr., Second Counselor in the Mexico Area Presidency, and his wife, Anne; Elder Rafael E. Pino, First Counselor, and his wife, Patricia; and Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Mexico Area President, and his wife, Silvia. They are standing by a rendering of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

The Mexico Area Presidency and their wives dig the first shovelfuls of dirt at the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Latter-day Saints in Mexico gather for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Mexico Area President, speaks to Latter-day Saints who have gathered to participate in the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Shovels are lined up for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints use shovels to lift dirt at the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Rendering of the Puebla Mexico Temple.