Since hearing its announcement in the April 2019 General Conference, the saints of Honduras have eagerly awaited more information on the second temple in the Central American country, the San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple.
Wait no more, Santos! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that leaders will formally break ground on the temple on September 5, 2020, at an event presided over by Elder José Bernardo Hernandez Orellana, Area Seventy.
The Church also released a rendering of the temple, as seen above. Avid temple design aficionados will notice that this appears to follow the same template as freshly under construction temples in Guatemala, Guam, Cape Verde, and Puerto Rico, albeit with a significantly greater amount of Spanish Baroque flair.
We have no information on dimensions, but based on the rendering, this appears to be a single-story temple of probably between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet. If so, it will likely also have just one ordinance room and an undisclosed number of sealing rooms.
Update: Some readers have noted this design might actually be closer to that of the Puebla Mexico Temple, and we’re inclined to agree. If that’s the case, look for a building of roughly 25,000-30,000 square feet with four ordinances rooms.
And per the new norm, Moroni is nowhere to be found.
Per the Church Newsroom, there are more than 180,000 Latter-day Saints in Honduras, or roughly 1 Latter-day Saint for every 53 Hondurans in the country.
San Pedro de Sula is the second-largest city in Honduras, after the capital, Tegucigalpa (already home to a temple). Over 11 stakes wind their way into the immediate metropolitan area, with others across the Caribbean coast of Honduras.
After breaking ground, barring any hiccups, temples typically take approximately three years to be completed. Look for a dedication in either late 2023 or early 2024.