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Groundbreaking Carried Out for the Antofagasta Chile Temple

"We should be grateful with our Father for having chosen Antofagasta as a place to be a light to the nations," said Elder Juan Pablo Villar of the South America South Area presidency at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Antofagasta Chile Temple on Friday, November 27, 2020. The 23,000-square-foot building will be constructed on a 2.2-acre site on Avenida de Las Palmeras, becoming the country's third temple. In his site dedicatory prayer, Elder Villar said, "I invite us all to…remove the rocks that weaken our foundation and prepare our spirits with firm foundations to support life's trials and to stand tall in the face of the adversity."

Demolition Underway at the Antofagasta Chile Temple Site

Preliminary construction activity continues at the Antofagasta Chile Temple site where the final vacated structure is being demolished. An excavator pulls debris into a large pile for removal. The property is being prepared for next month's groundbreaking ceremony, which will formally mark the beginning of the temple's construction.

Scrubbing the Walls Around the Antofagasta Chile Temple Site

The Saints of northern Chile are thrilled for construction to begin next month on the Antofagasta Chile Temple. The site is being prepared by removing graffiti and cleaning the interior surfaces of the fences and walls that surround the property. The dignified design of the temple seems to draw inspiration from both Spanish colonial and early pioneer architecture—even featuring an inscription stone above the entrance that is reminiscent of the Salt Lake Temple dedication plaque.

Church Leaders to Break Ground on the Antofagasta Chile Temple

In November 2020, Elder Juan Pablo Villar of the South America South Area presidency will preside over the groundbreaking for the Antofagasta Chile Temple. The two-story, 23,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 2.2-acre parcel on Avenida de Las Palmeras in Antofagasta. The blessings of the temple will be brought much closer to the Saints of Antofagasta who currently travel approximately 830 miles (1,335 kilometers) to the Santiago Chile Temple. It will be the third temple constructed in the country.