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
Ordinance Rooms:Two ordinance rooms (stationary) and two sealing
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. An on-site patron housing facility provides a place for long-distance travelers to sleep during their stay. 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 Santiago 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, producing a a tsunami and a blackout that impacted 93 percent of the nation's population. In consideration of the high risk of seismic activity, the Concepción Chile Temple was constructed on a floating foundation. Such a foundation would make a 10-magnitude earthquake feel like a 2-magnitude earthquake to someone inside the 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 main window in the Celestial Room aligns with the setting sun as it drops behind the Biobío River, creating a heavenly atmosphere from late evening until sunset. As patrons are bathed in the natural light, the symbolism of the Celestial Kingdom, which is compared to the glory of the sun, feels even more real.
During the month-long public open house of the Concepción Chile Temple, more than 83,500 guests were received, as noted by Mayor Alvaro Ortiz, who praised the Church as a good member of the community. "It extends its arms into places the state can't go…and totally makes a difference in neighborhoods that need it most." Regarding the temple, he said: "This temple is significant for the church and for Concepción, the most important city in southern Chile. It’s important to us to have it here."
The day before the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple, President Russell M. Nelson met with more than a dozen local community leaders at the temple site to express his gratitude. Jacqueline Van Rysselberghe, a former mayor of the city, said: "It's an enormous honor to have this temple in our city." She added: "I have found that members of the Church are always willing to come forward and serve other people. The beauty of this temple represents the beauty of the souls of the Church's members." That evening, President Nelson spoke to a gathering of 1,500 young men and young women at a youth devotional, which was broadcast to 28,000 youth in the temple district.
President Russell M. Nelson dedicated the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, as the 160th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "Today just felt absolutely heavenly," said Elder Stevenson in an interview following the dedication. "It was punctuated by the spirit and the people and their preparation spiritually."1
- Sarah Jane Weaver, "President Nelson calls Chile temple dedication 'heavenly crescendo' for 5-nation tour," Church News 28 Oct. 2018, 26 Mar. 2019 <https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900039322/president-nelson-calls-chile-temple-dedication-heavenly-crescendo-for-5-nation-tour.html>.