Quito Ecuador Temple
Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
The Quito Ecuador Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Quito Ecuador Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Quito Ecuador Temple.
On April 3, 2016, during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that Ecuador's second temple would be constructed in the capital city of Quito.1
Nestled in a long, narrow valley high in the Andes mountains, Quito is known for being the highest capital city in the world at 9,350 feet above sea level. There are seven operating stakes in this city of 2.5 million people, which is the second most populous city in Ecuador after Guayaquil, where the nation's first temple was constructed. Prior to the announcement of Quito's temple, Ecuador was the country with the highest number of members with only one temple. The Saints of Quito currently travel 270 miles to reach the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple. Saints in the Imbabura region, north of Quito, generally arrange 13-hour overnight bus trips to attend the temple, participating in two endowments sessions and a lunch before reboarding the bus and returning home.
The Quito Ecuador Temple will be the second temple built in Ecuador.
1. "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.