Córdoba Argentina Temple
Base poured for steeple; insulating blocks attached to exterior; anticipated to be completed in 2014 (awaiting official announcement)
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 30 October 2010 by Neil L. Andersen
As of January 2013, the exterior walls of the Córdoba Argentina Temple have been erected, and the framework for the steeple has been installed atop the building. Work is also underway for two housing facilities being constructed alongside the temple. These new buildings will join the existing mission home and office on site.
On Saturday, October 30, 2010, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, accompanied by his wife Kathy, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony (view video) for the Córdoba Argentina Temple. Also in attendance were Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elders Mervyn B. Arnold and Marcos Aidukaitis of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and Elder Bradley D. Foster of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Special guests included the vice governor of Cordoba Province, Senor Hector Oscar Campana, national senator Dr. Luis Juez, and other government leaders.
Elder Arnold, president of the South America South Area, said, "It was a day to express our thanks for the many pioneers who had paved the way and have been true and faithful to their temple covenants over these many years and have greatly sacrificed their time and talents to build the kingdom of God in this part of the Lord's vineyard."1
In February 2010, the Church finalized acquisition of property adjacent to the Villa Belgrano meetinghouse for construction of the Córdoba Argentina Temple. The property was legally joined to the meetinghouse property as a single parcel before temple plans were presented to City Hall.2 The property is a former sports complex that was owned by a local foundation. One foundation member was reluctant to part with the entire complex, leading to lengthy negotiations.
Argentina's second temple will be built in the northwestern quarter of the city of Córdoba next to the recently rebuilt Argentina Córdoba Mission home on the grounds of the Villa Belgrano meetinghouse, which houses the Córdoba Argentina Sierras Stake.3 The temple will be located on the public bus route near a major stop. The City of Córdoba recently improved Villa Belgrano with paved streets and a new sewer system.
President Thomas S. Monson announced the Córdoba Argentina Temple in the opening session of the 178th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.4 Members in the Córdoba area currently travel some 400 miles to participate in temple ordinances in the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple, which serves 60 stakes and 29 districts throughout Argentina.
The first Church members in Argentina were European emigrants, who began teaching their neighbors about the Church in the early 1920s. They petitioned Church Headquarters to send missionaries, and Church leaders responded by sending an apostle, Elder Melvin J. Ballard, and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Rulon S. Wells, in 1925. Just six days after their arrival, the first convert baptisms were performed in the Río de la Plata. Membership in Argentina has grown steadily ever since.5
The Córdoba Argentina Temple will be the second temple built in Argentina, following the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple (1986).
Please follow this link to read official information for neighbors and communities of the Córdoba Mormon Temple (Spanish).
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temple Underway in Cordoba, Argentina," 2 Nov. 2010.
2. Daniel Moreno, "Temple Web site," Email to Rick Satterfield, 25 Feb. 2010.
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temple Site Locations Announced," 7 Oct. 2008.
4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Church Continues Temple Building Throughout the World," 4 Oct. 2008.
5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "A Second Temple in Argentina is Announced," 4 Oct. 2008.