Arequipa Peru Temple
Planning and approval phase; final piece of land for temple site acquired; groundbreaking not announced
The Arequipa Peru Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase. The final piece of land needed for the temple site was acquired in the latter months of 2014. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Arequipa Peru Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
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.