Church Announces Groundbreaking for Second Temple in Lima, Peru

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Lima is only the third city to hose two temples, and the first outside of Utah.
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Nearly three years after it was announced in General Conference, the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will have its groundbreaking on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The temple is particularly significant because it will be the second temple in the city, after the Lima Peru Temple, which was dedicated in 1986.

Peru is a country of particular significance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church claims over 500,000 members there, and it is one of only four countries with over 100 stakes. (There are 42 stakes in the Lima metropolitan area alone.) The existing temple in Lima, on the eastern side of the city, is relatively small and inadequate for the membership’s needs. The Los Olivos temple will be located in the northwestern part of the city and help balance the load. Peru has one other dedicated temple at the time of writing, in Trujillo, and the Arequipa Peru Temple, near the border with Chile, is under construction with a likely 2020 dedication.

And for a fun bit of additional trivia, the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be the first temple outside of the United States to be built in a city that already has a temple. The first temple to reside in the same municipality as an existing temple is the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, which lies within the city of South Jordan, Utah, along with the Jordan River Utah Temple. Perhaps more famously, the Provo City Center Temple has taken the place of the old Provo Tabernacle, which was destroyed by fire. Provo welcomed its first temple near the Missionary Training Center and Brigham Young University campus in the 1970s.

Now on to the temple itself. Check out the design! This one is pretty cool. It evokes the lines of the so-called “Solomon” temples of the early twentieth century in Laie, Hawaii; Cardston, Alberta; and Mesa, Arizona: blockier, no spire, no Moroni, imposing.

The lack of a statue of the angel Moroni is quite interesting. We’ve tracked five other temples under construction without that famous addition, all of which are smaller, and many of which are being placed in less developed areas. The Los Olivos temple, however, is certainly grander in scale. The Paris France Temple also lacks a Moroni statue, but it does not contain a spire because of height restrictions in the vicinity of the grounds of Versailles.

Once construction begins, a temple takes roughly three years to be ready for dedication, so look for an open house, youth fireside, and dedication sometime in mid-2022.

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