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First LDS Temple in Honduras is Dedicated

First LDS Temple in Honduras is Dedicated

On Sunday, 17 March 2013, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (mistakenly referred to as the Mormon Church by people of other faiths) dedicated its first temple in Honduras. The Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple is the 141st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ, and the sixth temple to be built and dedicated in Central America. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church, dedicated the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple in three sessions that were broadcast to meetinghouses throughout the temple district to include Nicaragua. Other General and Area Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ present at the dedication included: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy, and Elders James B. Martino, Carlos H. Amado and Kevin R. Duncan of the Central America area presidency. Temple President and Matron, Roberto Ocampo and Argentina de Ocampo,... Read the rest of this article »

Tegucigalpa, Honduras Temple Open House

Tegucigalpa, Honduras Temple Open House

A temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church), is opening its doors to the public in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  The newly constructed temple will be dedicated by a member of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ on March 17, 2013.  Until then, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) is offering free public tours during an open house. The Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple public open house will be held Saturday, 9 February, through Saturday, 2 March 2013. Guided tours will be conducted Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Temples in the LDS Church are separate places away from our meetinghouses (where we hold regular weekly services and where visitors are welcome).  The temple is a special place where only faithful church members attend and is for instruction, sealing families together forever and for making promises... Read the rest of this article »

Quetzaltenango Guatemala Mormon Temple

Quetzaltenango Guatemala Mormon Temple

On 16 December 2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,  sometimes nicknamed the  Mormon Church, announced the upcoming construction of a new temple in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.  Groundbreaking took place on 14 March 2009. Representatives of the Church praised the members of Guatemala and said it is their faith and diligence that has led the Lord to bless them with a temple in closer proximity to their homes.  Members of this region of Guatemala have faithfully attended the temple since the time they had to travel to the Mesa Arizona Temple (1927), then to the México City México Temple (1983), and finally to the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple (1984). Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

San Salvador El Salvador Mormon Temple

San Salvador El Salvador Mormon Temple

The location of the San Salvador El Salvador Mormon Temple is Bulevar Diego de Holguín, Antiguo Cuscatlán, Departamento de La Libertad, El Salvador.  The temple was announced on 7 November 2007, and the groundbreaking took place on 20 September 2008.  The temple is due to be dedicated on August 21, 2011, and an open house for the public will be held 1–23 July 2011. Located in the affluent Antiguo Cuscatlán district, southwest of San Salvador, the three-story San Salvador El Salvador Temple will stand near the Multiplaza Panamericana Mall with the stunning backdrop of the mighty San Salvador volcano. The sacred edifice will be surrounded by attractive grounds that offer a calming retreat to all San Salvadorians (ldschurchtemples.com). The San Salvador Mormon Temple will be the first to be built in the  country, and will be the fourth to be built in Central America.  There are over 110,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... Read the rest of this article »

Tegucigalpa Honduras Mormon Temple

Tegucigalpa Honduras Mormon Temple

The Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple is the 134th announced temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  As its construction is completed, it will be the 141st operating temple of the LDS Church. The First Presidency of the Mormon Church announced plans to build a temple in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on June 9, 2006. The Central American Area President Spencer V. Jones, a member of the Seventy, made the announcement to members of the area. In the letter, the First Presidency stated, “We are confident that this will be a blessing to the many faithful Saints in this and surrounding areas who have had to travel long distances to enjoy the blessings of the temple.” With its completion, the Tegucigalpa Temple will be the first Mormon temple in Honduras and the fourth Mormon temple in Central America. Currently, members in the area must travel to Guatemala City, to attend the nearest temple. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

Panama City Panama Mormon Temple

Panama City Panama Mormon Temple

During a conference held in December 2000, President Gordon B. Hinckley told over 4,500 members of Panama that “the [Mormon] Church would find a way to build a temple there if they faithfully paid their tithing and kept the other commandments.” President Hinckley understood and expressed his concern that the cost of a temple would far exceed the members’ tithing contributions, but “promised them that the Lord would bless them through the exercise of their faith to obey the [tithing] law.”1 That announcement came in August 2002 by the First Presidency. This would be the first Mormon temple to be built in the country of Panama. In March of 2006, there were more than 39,000 members of the Mormon Church in Panama, who for many years, sacrificed to attend the closest temple in Guatemala. Hurricane Beta lingered over the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica the day before the groundbreaking. But, by the next day it had moved north leaving a beautiful sky... Read the rest of this article »

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo is the Dominican Republic’s capital city. Founded in 1496, this city is the oldest European settlement existing in the New World. In 1978 the Dominican Republic was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel. In that same year, two Mormon families moved to the country, each unbeknownst to the other. They quickly became friends and began sharing the Gospel with newfound friends and acquaintances. In 1979 more than three hundred people had been baptized; 1981 brought the first mission organized for this country, and the membership reached twenty-five hundred; in 1986 membership had grown to eleven thousand, and in 1998, church membership reached a staggering sixty thousand.1 Before the temple was built in the Dominican Republic, members of the Mormon Church would have to travel to Florida, Peru, or Guatemala to attend the temple. As with many regions of the world, financial struggles made it quite difficult for some families to go the... Read the rest of this article »

San Jose Costa Rica Mormon Temple

San Jose Costa Rica Mormon Temple

The First Presidency of the Mormon Church made an announcement on March 17, 1999, that a temple would be built in San Jose Costa Rica. The announcement of the San Jose Costa Rica Mormon Temple made it the first temple in Costa Rica, the second temple in Central America, and the 86th temple worldwide. The Church is relatively new in Costa Rica. A U.S. ambassador who was also a Mormon ran the first Mormon Church meetings from his home during the years of 1943 through 1946. The first Mormon missionaries did not arrive until just before Costa Rica’s 1948 revolution. By 1974 membership in the Church had grown enough that Costa Rica became its own mission. In 1960 there had only been 214 members in Costa Rica, by 1970 there were 1,700 members. In 1977 the first stake was created in Costa Rica. In 1992 Boyd K. Packer, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dedicated the land of Costa Rica for missionary work, and membership grew even faster. Today... Read the rest of this article »

Guatemala City Guatemala Mormon Temple

Guatemala City Guatemala Mormon Temple

Many people want answers to the following questions: “Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? What is my relationship to God? Will death rob me of the treasured associations of life? What of my family? Will there be another existence after this, and, if so, will we know one another there?” The answers are found in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS/Mormons).  Each Mormon Temple is dedicated as a house of God, a place of peace, a place of holiness set apart from the world. Temples are different than other places of worship, in that they are designated for special ordinances. The work that goes on in the temple sets forth God’s eternal purposes with reference to man.  Much of this work is concerned with the family; we are each a member of God’s eternal family, and we are each members of an earthly family. Emphasis is placed on the sanctity and eternal nature of the marriage covenant and family... Read the rest of this article »

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