Trujillo Peru Temple
Free public open house tours underway; scheduled to be dedicated Sunday, June 21, 2015
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 14 September 2011 by Rafael E. Pino
Public Open House: 8–30 May 2015
Dedication: 21 June 2015
On May 5, 2015, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official news release on the open house and dedication of the Trujillo Peru Temple, which features photographs of the interior.
Location: Avenida Mansiche, Huanchaco, La Libertad – View Map
Dress: Modest dress is requested.
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., a cultural celebration will be held at Mansiche Stadium commemorating the heritage of the Trujillo region through narration, song, and dance. The general public is invited to attend.
The Trujillo Peru Temple will be dedicated in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015. All sessions will be broadcast to the stakes and districts in Peru. To enable the Saints to participate in the temple dedication and to place appropriate focus on this sacred event, the three-hour block meetings will be cancelled that day for these units.
The Trujillo Peru Temple opens for ordinance work on Monday, June 22, 2015, by invitation, and Tuesday, June 23, 2015, for all patrons.
On September 14, 2011, Elder Rafael E. Pino, president of the South America Northwest Area, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Trujillo Peru Temple. He was accompanied by his wife and his two counselors, Elder Juan A. Uceda and Elder W. Christopher Waddell, and their wives.
The Trujillo Peru Temple will be constructed on a large parcel of ground adjacent to the beautiful Campo Eterno cemetery on the highway to Huanchaco, just east of the famous ruins of Chan Chan—the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America (20 square miles), designated a World Heritage Site in 1986. An accommodation center will share the temple site, providing a place for traveling patrons and workers to freshen up before entering the temple and to stay overnight. Land has also been set aside for a future meetinghouse. Before the Campo Eterno site was acquired, the temple was originally to be constructed on the site of the Trujillo Peru Primavera Stake Center.
The First Presidency announcement stated, "We are confident that this will be a blessing to the many faithful Saints in this and surrounding areas who have had to travel long distances to enjoy the blessings of the temple. We commend the Saints for their devotion and faithfulness, and are thankful for the blessings that will come to them through the construction of this new temple." The temple will serve more than 88,000 members in the region.1
Peru's only operating temple, which currently serves 116 stakes and districts, was dedicated in Lima by President Gordon B. Hinckley in January 1986. Members in Trujillo currently travel 9–10 hours by bus to attend the temple, which is exceptionally busy on Saturdays. Buses arrive from all over the country full of patrons, who contentedly wait outside the temple—sometimes for hours—for their turn to get inside to participate in sacred ordinance work.2
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "First Presidency Announces New Temple in Peru," 13 Dec. 2008.
2. Scott and Beverly, "New temple announced for Peru," Online posting, 13 Dec. 2008