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Ciudad Juárez Mexico

Ciudad Juarez Mexico Temple

In the bustling city of Ciudad Juárez stands a symbol of peace and serenity—the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a place where members of the Church come to worship God. 

Standing on a 1.63-acre site, the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple has an exterior of white marble veneer featuring a pattern of circles over tall windows that also contain a circle design. A single spire stretches toward the heavens with a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni standing at its top. Moroni holds a trumpet in his right hand, representing the spreading of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the earth.

Mormon temples are considered by Latter-day Saints to be the most sacred places on earth. They are houses of the Lord where heaven and earth meet, and they provide a place for members of the Church to learn more about God, make sacred promises and feel peace away from the world. While meetinghouses provide a place for Latter-day Saints to worship on Sundays, they are not as sacred as temples and do not require a recommend to enter. Latter-day Saints who live the teachings of the gospel and have a temple recommend may enter a temple. 

Within the 10,700-square-foot temple are several rooms used for worship. The celestial room symbolizes eternal life with God. In instruction rooms, members learn more about God’s plan for His children and make sacred promises. Sealing rooms are used to perform marriages, and the baptistry includes a beautiful font that rests on the back of 12 stone oxen, representing the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. 

On May 7, 1998, it was announced that the temple would be built. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple took place on January 9, 1999. After construction, an open house was held from February 12 to 16, 2000, during which more than 25,000 people toured the interior while learning more about the purposes of Mormon temples. 

On February 26, 2000, the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple was dedicated as a house of God in six sessions. Church President Gordon B. Hinckley offered the dedicatory prayer. He thanked all those who helped to complete the temple and prayed for protection over the structure. “May it be a house of peace where those who serve may lay aside the cares of the world,” he prayed. “May it be a house of worship where Thy sons and daughters can commune with Thee.”

He also asked for a blessing on the country of Mexico: “Bless this great nation of Mexico that it may rise and shine among the nations of the earth,” he prayed. “Lift the burden of poverty from the backs of the people. Bless the leaders of government that they may welcome Thy servants, and may the message brought by Thy servants take root in the hearts of many souls.”1  President Hinckley concluded by praying for all those who would serve in the temple and expressing love for God and the Savior Jesus Christ.

After its dedication, the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple became the 71st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It stands today as a place of comfort and peace for members in northern Chihuahua, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. Public visitors are welcome to stroll the pathways of the temple grounds and enjoy the beauty of this house of the Lord.

1 Ciudad Juárez Temple dedicatory prayer, in Church News, Mar. 4, 2000, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/34018/Dedicatory-prayer-A-house-of-peace.html. 

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