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Guatemala City Temple

      There has never been a man or woman who has not asked, "Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? What is my relationship to God? Will death rob me of the treasured associations of life? What of my family? Will there be another existence after this, and, if so, will we know one another there?"

      These answers are found only in the Mormon Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS/Mormons). These Temples are sacred in which these and other eternal questions are answered. Each Mormon Temple is dedicated as a house of God, a place of peace, a place of holiness to shut apart from the world.

      Temples are different than regular places of worship, in that they are designated for special ordinances. The work that goes on in the Temple sets forth God's eternal purposes with reference to man.

      Much of this work is concerned with the family; we are each a member of God's eternal family and we are each members of an earthly family. Emphasis is placed on the sanctity and eternal nature of the marriage covenant and family relationships. Marriage partners who come to the Temple and who partake of its blessings are joined not only for their earthly life, but also for eternity if they live worthy of the blessings.

      There are millions who have walked the earth and have never had the opportunity to hear the gospel. Through living proxies, the same ordinances are available to those who have passed from mortality. In the spirit world these same individuals are free to accept or reject the earthly ordinances that have been performed for them, including baptism, marriage, and the sealing of family relationships. Everyone must have the opportunity!

      In 1947 Mormon missionaries were sent to Guatemala to begin preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Seventy-five percent of the population is Catholic with Evangelical and other Protestant denominations present. The Mormon missionaries have been quite successful in Guatemala; so much that in 1984 the membership of the Church had reached 40,000 and by 1998 it had quadrupled to 164,000. Just in the last twenty years the membership of the Church in Latin America has exploded to 700,000 members strong.1

      Because of this growth in the Mormon Church, the leaders announced the building of the new Guatemala City Guatemala Temple to be built in Guatemala City. This announcement was made on April 1, 1981, with the groundbreaking taking place on September 12, 1982 by Elder Richard G. Scott, an apostle for the Mormon Church.

      The site for the Guatemala Mormon Temple is on a little more than one acre and set in a location referred to as 'Vista Hermosa', which means 'beautiful view.' Faced with white Guatemalan marble and flanked by six elegant spires, the temple stands at the foot of rolling hills in southeastern Guatemala City. The interior of the temple has 11,500 square feet and is adorned with authentic Mayan articles. The Temple is officially the 32nd temple of the Mormon Church and serves over 190,000 members from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

      President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated this beautiful edifice on December 14, 1984 and stated that the temple was a blessing "for which many generations have prayed behind the veil [many] who have been taught the gospel [of Jesus Christ]…so they may continue with their journey to eternal life."2

      For more information about Mormon temples, please see the following websites:

LDS Temples – Mormon Temples – Salt Lake Temple

BBC - Religion & Ethics - Mormon Temples

Manhattan Mormon Temple New York City.com : Arts & Attractions ...

Mormon Temple: Information From Answers.com

Mormanity: Mormon Temples and "Secrecy"

Mormon Temple Ordinances – ReligionFacts.com

Temple (Mormonism) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

LDS (Mormon) Temple resources

1 "Mormon Conversions surge in Latin America", by NBC News, July 13, 2004, Leonor Ayala

2 "The First 100 Temples", by Chad Hawkins, 2002, p 91

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