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Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Barranquilla Colombia Mormon Temple
Location:  Puerto Colombia, Colombia.
Announcement:  1 October 2011
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:  20 February 2016 by Juan A. Uceda

Groundbreaking Ceremony

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.

Temple Site

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

Temple Announcement

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

Temple Facts

The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will be the second temple built in Colombia, following the Bogotá Colombia Temple (1999).

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.

"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people."
—Revelation 14:6

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