Groundbreakings Announced for Temples in Peru and Ecuador

  • 7 March 2019

Artist renderings of the Quito Ecuador Temple (left) and the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple (right).

Article Highlights

  • The groundbreaking in Ecuador is May 11, 2019.
  • The groundbreaking in Peru is June 8, 2019.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreakings for the Quito Ecuador and Lima Peru Los Olivos Temples.

Elder Enrique R. Falabella, South America Northwest Area President, will preside at both ceremonies.

Attendance at the groundbreaking ceremonies is by invitation only, with the general public invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.

Quito Ecuador Temple

The groundbreaking for the Quito Ecuador Temple will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019.

This will be the second temple in the country. The first one, the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple, was dedicated August 1, 1999.

More than 11,700 members attended the event, which was presided over by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Speaking of the dedication, President Hinckley said, “I sense a great spirit of gratitude for this new temple in Guayaquil. The Saints have waited a very, very long time. They contributed generously toward its construction, but for one reason or another, it has been delayed until now at this late date. It is finished and completed and dedicated and they are grateful for this and indicate their gratitude.”

Rendering of the Quito Ecuador Temple.

Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple

The groundbreaking for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019. Joined by the Lima Peru Temple, which was dedicated on January 10, 1986, this is the first time two temples have been located within one international city.

The Church has two other temples in this South American country—the Trujillo Peru Temple was dedicated June 21, 2015, by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Arequipa Peru Temple, whose groundbreaking ceremony was March 4, 2017, and is still under construction.

Rendering of the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple.