[dropcap]M[/dropcap]exico is gearing up for its fourteenth temple, with the First Presidency announcing the groundbreaking date, as well as revealing the design, of the Puebla Mexico Temple. Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Mexico area president, will preside over the groundbreaking on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
As is common with groundbreakings, attendance on site will by by invitation only, but the services will be transmitted to stake centers within the proposed temple district.
Puebla has long been a feature in our semiannual temple predictions, so we were thrilled when President Russell M. Nelson announced the building in the April 2019 General Conference. Not only have we seen a surge in temple announcements, it seems the period from announcement to groundbreaking is also shortening.
I’ll come right out and say it. This is the best-looking temple design I’ve seen in years. The Tucson Arizona Temple had hints of Florentine architecture. The Tijuana Mexico Temple embraced Spanish Baroque styles. Now it’s all come to a head with the Puebla Mexico Temple, a structure that has nary a whiff of the Anonymous Contemporary Style™ found in so many of our temples and instead goes all in on Spanish Colonial design, right down to the red tile on the cupola and roof. This is a gorgeous building.
The Church did not release information regarding the temple’s size, but based on the rendering, we’ll guess somewhere around 30,000 square feet, give or take a mini temple.
Temple construction typically lasts approximately three years from groundbreaking to dedication, barring any difficulties. Assuming the groundbreaking is more than symbolic, look for a dedication sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.