México City México Temple
26th operating temple
Physical AddressAvenida 510 no. 90
Colonia San Juan de Aragón
07950 México City, Distrito Federal
Mailing AddressPouch, Mexico
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
Telephone: (52) 55-5003-3734
Fax: (52) 55-5003-3728
Announcement: 3 April 1976
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 25 November 1979 by Boyd K. Packer
Public Open House: 9–19 November 1983
Dedication: 2–4 December 1983 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Public Open House: 20 October–8 November 2008
Rededication: 16 November 2008 by Thomas S. Monson
Site: 7 acres.
Exterior Finish: White cast stone made with ornate adaptations of ancient Mayan designs especially on the upper portion of the temple.
Ordinance Rooms: Four ordinance rooms (stationary) and eleven sealing.
Total Floor Area: 116,642 square feet.
Characterized by its highly ornamented Mayan-inspired exterior, the México City México Temple is an acclaimed landmark in northeastern Mexico City, located near Bosque de Aragón—one of the city's principal parks. The temple grounds are park-like themselves, featuring beautiful gardens and an enchanting water feature. Several other Church buildings share the "Manzana del Templo" (Temple Square) including a missionary training center, stake center, patron housing facility, and an informative visitors' center—free to the public. The visitors' center's centerpiece is a supernal reproduction of Thorvaldsen's Christus statue. During Christmas, the grounds are decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights in a festive display of the season.
The México City México Temple was the first temple built in Mexico.
The México City México Temple was the second temple built in a Spanish-speaking country, following the Santiago Chile Temple (1983).
The México City México Temple is the largest temple outside of the United States.
The México City México Temple is one of five temples featuring an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates. (The other four temples are the Los Angeles California Temple, Washington D.C. Temple, Jordan River Utah Temple, and Seattle Washington Temple.)
Even since endowments were first given in Spanish in 1945 in the Mesa Arizona Temple, faithful Mexican Saints looked forward with anticipation to the time when they might be blessed with a temple in their own country.
When Church architect Emil B. Fetzer received the assignment to design the México City México Temple, he turned to a book on Mayan architecture, which Heber Grant Taylor and his wife felt inspired to give him 18 years earlier from the library of his grandfather President Heber J. Grant.
An incredible 9,000 attended the one-hour groundbreaking ceremony of the México City México Temple. Elder Boyd K. Packer offered the prayer dedicating the site in Spanish.
During its 10-day open house, more than 110,000 visitors toured the México City México Temple including thousands of government, business, and civic leaders. Mission presidents estimated 2,900 requested visits as a direct result of the open house.
At the dedication of the México City México Temple, Elder Ezra Taft Benson received the distinct impression that God was not pleased with Church members' neglect of the Book of Mormon. Stressing the importance of the Book of Mormon would later become one of the hallmarks of his presidency.
Following its completion, the México City México Temple received an international award for artistic use of precast concrete.
The México City México Temple has received favorable attention from the school of architecture at the University of Mexico, becoming the subject of much study.
In March 2007, the México City México Temple was closed for a year-and-a-half renovation and remodeling project, which included seismic enhancements, replacement of the precast concrete exterior panels, refurbishment of the angel Moroni statue, revamping of the landscaping, and remodeling of the baptistry, main lobby, corridors, sealing rooms, and ordinance rooms.
By its 25th anniversary, the México City México Temple had dropped at least eight feet in elevation due to the rapid subsidence of Mexico's capital city.
Having participated in the original dedication of the México City México Temple 25 years earlier, President Thomas S. Monson returned to Mexico's capital city in November 2008 to rededicate the nation's first temple.
The evening before the dedication, some 87,000 poured into Aztec Stadium—venue of the 1968 Summer Olympics and two World Cup finals—to hear the Lord's prophet and to enjoy a cultural event featuring 8,000 youth. President Monson connected with the Saints in his opening remarks, speaking of his childhood experiences with Salt Lake City's Mexican community and fondness for enchiladas. He even surprised the crowd with an impromptu verse of "El Rancho Grande." Following his remarks, the audience was delighted for 80 minutes with regional folk dances, reenactments of Mexican history, and a finale procession of full-time missionaries set to a medley of hymns. The evening closed with an exchange of handkerchief waves between the Lord's servants and the tens of thousands of attendees.1
On dedication day, thousands of Mexican members participated in the two rededicatory sessions, which were held in the temple and also broadcast to meetinghouses in Mexico and Spanish-speaking congregations in the United States. Following the dedicatory prayer, President Monson expressed his love for the Mexican people and his assurance of the continued growth of the Church and of temple building in Mexico. "There will be more," he said.2
1. Jason Swensen, "87,000 gather at LDS event in Mexico," Deseret News 17 Nov. 2008, 29 Jan. 2009 <http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705263636,00.html>.
2. Jason Swensen, "Mexico City temple rededicated," Deseret News 17 Nov. 2008, 29 Jan. 2009 <http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705263634,00.html>.