Concepción Chile Temple
Trees felled; site cleared; preparing for groundbreaking ceremony; Groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 17 October 2015 by Walter F. González
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Concepción Chile Temple will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Elder Walter F. González, president of the South America South Area, will preside. Attendance at the ceremony is by invitation only, with the general public invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.
In January 2015, demolition took place of a preexisting single-family home on the Concepción Chile Temple site. The home had been acquired during the latter months of 2013. Service projects have been held over the past several months to clear the land and prepare it for groundbreaking.
On January 25, 2013, a building permit was issued for the temple and its associated structures. Several lots were combined to form the single parcel for the temple complex.
On February 27, 2010, a massive 8.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile just 62 miles north of Concepción—the closest major city to the epicenter. At the time, Church spokesman Scott Trotter said it was unknown how the quake might affect plans for the Concepción Chile Temple. The Santiago Chile Temple and Missionary Training Center sustained no major damage.1
On November 10, 2013, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve presented the official rendering of the Concepción Chile Temple in a priesthood leadership meeting for the Concepción region, confirming the design that had been widely circulated since April 17 when it was presented by a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy at a similar meeting. Elder Holland also presented renderings of the interior of the temple, which will feature artwork inspired by the landscape of Chile.
On September 24, 2013, the Chilean news publication El Sur reported that property for the Concepción Chile Temple had indeed been purchased, as confirmed by the director of Public Affairs, Valentín Núñez Díaz. The two-level temple will be approximately 30,000 square feet and stand on some 3.7 acres.2
News of the site was first released on December 16, 2009, by the same publication when it was reported that a 2.5-acre site had been acquired by the Church as a portion of the property intended for the temple. The site is located in Quinta Junge—a modern residential development in a beautifully forested area on the Biobío River. A major apartment complex, called Edificios Parque Junge, was already under construction on site with 40 percent of the apartments sold, but the contracts were cancelled and refunded as a result of the sale. The reporters indicated that an architectural rendering, viewed through unofficial sources, revealed a large temple surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, which may place it among the greatest religious facilities in the city.3
Chilean Saints could not hold back their tears, cheers, and embraces of joy and gratitude at the announcement of the Concepción Chile Temple given by President Thomas S. Monson during the Saturday morning session of General Conference, on October 3, 2009. This temple will be Chile's second. The nation's other temple—the Santiago Chile Temple—currently serves over 100 stakes and districts from Chile and Argentina. President Monson noted that 83 percent of Church members now live within 200 miles of a temple.4
1. Lindsay Whitehurst, "LDS in Chile are coping after earthquake," The Salt Lake Tribune 1 Mar. 2010, 1 Mar. 2010
2. CGS, "Mormones construirán en Concepción su segundo templo en el país," El Sur 24 Sep. 2013, 4 Nov. 2013
3. F. Polanco and N. Rolleri, "El mayor templo mormón se construirá en la Quinta Junge," Diario El Sur 16 Dec. 2009, 16 Dec. 2009
4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Five New Temples Announced," 3 Oct. 2009.