Arequipa Peru Temple
Groundbreaking held Saturday, March 4, 2017; awaiting full-scale operations; estimated to be completed in late 2019 to early 2020 (no official dates announced)
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 4 March 2017 by Carlos A. Godoy
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Arequipa Peru Temple was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Elder Carlos A. Godoy, president of the South America Northwest Area, presided at the services.
The Arequipa Peru Temple is currently in the site preparation phase. The general contractor for the temple was selected in March 2016. In January 2016, the temple site was rezoned, which allowed for the acquisition of building permits. The final piece of land needed for the temple site was acquired in the latter months of 2014.
The Arequipa Peru Temple site is located just three miles north of the city center near the entrance to the quiet village of Carmen Alto. The land stands on a bluff rising from the Chili River and surrounded by breathtaking pastures and mountain views including the prominent volcano Misti. Carmen Alto, which is easily accessible by public transportation, is popular with visitors and described as "heaven like."
On October 6, 2012, Peru's third temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson during the opening session of the 182nd Semiannual General Conference for the city of Arequipa in southern Peru. Seven stakes currently operate in the city with several additional stakes and districts in the surrounding region. The units that will be served by the Arequipa Peru Temple have not yet been announced.
Peru is home to approximately 29 million people including over a half million members of the Church organized into 100 stakes and 21 districts. Missionary work officially began in the country in 1956. Church members in Arequipa—Peru's second largest city—currently travel to the Lima Peru Temple, almost five hundred miles away, to attend temple services.1
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Church Announces New Temples in Arizona and Peru," 6 Oct. 2012.