Concepción Chile Temple
160th operating temple
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Address1525 Pedro de Valdivia
Telephone: (+56) 41-383-4700
ServicesNO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria available
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)
Announcement:3 October 2009
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:17 October 2015 by Walter F. González
Public Open House:15 September–13 October 2018
Dedication:28 October 2018 by Russell M. Nelson
Exterior Finish:Precast concrete
Total Floor Area:23,095 square feet
The Concepción Chile Temple is located in the residential development of Quinta Junge in a beautifully forested area next to the Biobío River. The temple is a breathtaking landmark, especially at night, on Avenida Pedro de Valdivia—the major thoroughfare that carries traffic through the south side of the city toward Southern Chile. The lush, leafy grounds feature numerous palm trees and colorful flower gardens.
The Concepción Chile Temple was the second temple built in Chile, following the
24th operating templeSantiago Chile Temple (1983).
Chilean Saints could not hold back their tears, cheers, and hugs of gratitude when President Thomas S. Monson announced the Concepción Chile Temple during the Saturday morning session of General Conference on October 3, 2009.
The Chilean news publication El Sur first broke news of the location for the Concepción Chile Temple on December 16, 2009, when it reported that a 2.5-acre site in Quinta Junge had been acquired by the Church as a portion of the property intended for the temple. A major apartment complex was already under construction on site with 40 percent of the apartments sold. As a result of the purchase, the housing contracts were cancelled and the partially constructed buildings were removed, leaving an empty field for several years until construction of the temple began.
On February 27, 2010, a massive 8.8 earthquake struck off the nation's coast just 62 miles north of Concepción—the closest major city to the epicenter. A statement was released from Church headquarters saying it was unknown how the quake might affect plans for the Concepción Chile Temple.
A building permit was issued for the temple and its associated structures on January 25, 2013. Several lots had been combined to form the parcel for the temple complex. Later that year, another single-family home was acquired, which was razed in January 2015. The lot made the final addition to the temple property.
The official rendering for the Concepción Chile Temple was first publicly presented at priesthood leadership meetings held in the Concepción region in 2013. A member of the First Quorum of the Seventy revealed the rendering on April 17, 2013. And on November 10, 2013, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presented both the exterior rendering and renderings of the interior, showing the artwork that was inspired by the Chilean landscape.
For several months prior to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Concepción Chile Temple, members organized service projects at the temple site to clear and prepare the land. The groundbreaking was held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, with Elder Walter F. González, president of the South America South Area, presiding. The proceedings were broadcast live to area meetinghouses.
The Concepción Chile Temple was dedicated by President Russell M. Nelson on Sunday, October 28, 2018, as the 160th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.