20 April 2015
The Trujillo Peru Temple is the second temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru. The Lima Peru Temple, dedicated in 1986, was the first. The Church announced the construction of the Trujillo Peru Temple in a special meeting for local Church leaders on December 13, 2008.
In the announcement, the First Presidency of the Church referred to the devoted service of the Church members in Peru: “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.”1
The coastal city of Trujillo is approximately 340 miles north of Lima, and Church members traveled several hours by bus from Trujillo to attend the Lima Peru Temple before the Trujillo Peru Temple’s dedication. Many members live in more distant areas and journey for days so they may participate in temple worship. News of Peru’s second temple spread quickly in December 2008 and brought immeasurable joy for the holidays to Church members living in the future temple’s district. Local Church leader Ismael Diaz said, “There have been many, many tears. This is wonderful news. Everyone in Trujillo is thrilled.”2
Latter-day Saints attend the temple to seal their families for eternity and to learn more about God’s plan for His children and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In the temple, faithful Church members make promises to God to keep His commandments and lead Christlike lives. As in other Mormon temples, the Trujillo Peru Temple will have rooms designed for these purposes: a baptistry; instruction rooms; sealing rooms, where marriages are performed; and a celestial room, which symbolizes God’s presence and provides a serene and beautiful setting for prayer and contemplation.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established in Trujillo when missionaries arrived in 1960, and the first members in Trujillo were baptized in 1961. The Church dedicated Trujillo’s first meetinghouse in 1963 and the first stake, or large group of congregations similar to a diocese, was organized in 1978. The Trujillo Peru Temple’s construction is evidence of the significant growth of the Church in the area and in Peru. The temple serves approximately 88,000 Church members in its district.
Construction of the temple began following a groundbreaking ceremony held on September 14, 2011. Many local members and Church leaders attended the ceremony, as well as Trujillo’s mayor, Mr. Cesar Acuna, and the mayor of the district of Huanchaco, Mr. Fernando Bazan.
The temple is just off the highway to Huanchaco, near the beautiful Parque Eterno cemetery. The temple’s exterior includes a single domed tower with a statue of the angel Moroni, a prophet from the Book of Mormon, fixed atop the spire. Arched and rectangular windows adorns the tower beneath the statue.
An open house for the Trujillo Peru Temple was held from May 8 to May 30, 2015. Almost 100,000 visitors of all faiths, including many civic and educational leaders, toured the temple interior and enjoyed the beautiful temple grounds. Attendants were present to assist visitors and answer any questions they had regarding the temple and its importance to Latter-day Saints.
On June 20, 2015, the day before the temple’s dedication, a cultural event was held to celebrate Peru’s rich culture and the upcoming temple dedication. On June 21, 2015, the Trujillo Peru Temple was dedicated in three sessions by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the Church’s First Presidency. In the dedicatory prayer, he said, “Increase our love for Thee and Thy Son in our hearts and in our lives. May this love be expressed in our compassion one for another, by our keeping Thy commandments and honoring the covenants made in Thy holy temple.”3For Church members in Trujillo, having a temple nearby is a great blessing. Visitors are welcome to tour the temple’s manicured grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
1 “New Temple Announced in Trujillo, Second in Peru,” Church News, Dec. 13, 2008, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/56286/New-temple-announced-in-Trujillo-second-in-Peru.html.
2 Jason Swensen, “Peru Celebrates News of Future Temple,” Church News, Jan. 3, 2009, http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/56383/Peru-celebrates-news-of-future-temple.html.
3 Trujillo Peru Temple dedicatory prayer, in Church News, June 29, 2015, https://www.lds.org/church/news/trujillo-peru-temple-dedicatory-prayer?lang=eng.