Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 20 February 2016 by Juan A. Uceda
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Elder Juan A. Uceda, president of the South America Northwest Area, will preside. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only, and the services will be transmitted via Internet to stake centers within the temple district. Additional details will be communicated by local leaders as the groundbreaking approaches.
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will stand in the picturesque oceanside community of Puerto Colombia across from Colegio Alemán, approximately two kilometers west of Barranquilla proper. The elevated property, located on the highway to Cartagena, commands a beautiful view of the Magdalena River—the largest river in Colombia—and of the ocean.1
President Thomas S. Monson announced the Barranquilla Colombia Temple on October 1, 2011, during the Saturday morning session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference. The new temple will serve faithful Saints from 15 stakes located in northern Colombia and western Venezuela. In 1966, the first LDS missionaries arrived in the country of Colombia where there are now more than 173,000 members organized into 28 stakes and 12 districts.2
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Nuevo Templo Mormón en Barranquilla, Colombia," 26 Jun. 2012.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for France, Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming," 1 Oct. 2011.