Construction of the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has begun. Ground was broken for the temple under the direction of Elder Enrique R. Falabella of the Seventy and president of the South America Northwest Area.
Elder Falabella told Latter-day Saints this groundbreaking is something they will never forget. It is the feeling in their hearts. “There is something special in the temples. As we spend more time in the Lord’s house, our life will have greater meaning.”
Joining Elder Falabella are his counselors in the area presidency, Elder Hugo Montoya, first counselor, and Elder Mathias Held, second counselor.
“Temples have always been a beacon of light,” said Elder Held. [It has been] “a source of strength for His people and today is no different. This will be a beautiful building, where the spirit of the Lord will be strongly felt.”
Peru is the first city outside the United States to have two temples. Church membership in Peru is more than 605,000. Countries in the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple District, include Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
The Church has two other temples in this South American country — the Lima Peru Temple was dedicated January 10, 1986, and the Trujillo Peru Temple was dedicated June 21, 2015. Open house and dedication dates were announced recently for this November and December for the Arequipa Peru Temple.