Arequipa Perú Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
The Arequipa Perú Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Arequipa Perú Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Arequipa Perú Temple.
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 Perú 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 98 stakes and 24 districts. Missionary work officially began in the country in 1956. Church members in Arequipa—Peru's second largest city—currently travel to the Lima Perú 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.