Announcement:3 April 2016
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:8 June 2019 by Enrique R. Falabella
Public Open House:10 November–9 December 2023
Dedication:14 January 2024 by D. Todd Christofferson
Site:2.46 acres | 1.0 hectares
Architectural Features:Single attached central tower with a flat roof
Total Floor Area:47,413 square feet | 4,405 square meters
Height:81 feet | 24.7 meters
Open House and Dedication
The First Presidency has announced that the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, January 14, 2024, in two sessions broadcast at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PET by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. A public open house will begin on Friday, November 10, and continue through Saturday, December 9, 2023, excluding Sundays. A media day will be held on Monday, November 6, with tours for invited guests following from Tuesday, November 7, through Thursday, November 9.1
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Elder Enrique R. Falabella, president of the South America Northwest Area, presided over the services with his counselors Elder Hugo Montoya, first counselor, and Elder Mathias Held, second counselor. In his remarks, Elder Falabella said the groundbreaking would be an occasion never to be forgotten. "There is something special in the temples. As we spend more time in the Lord's house, our life will have greater meaning," he said. Elder Held remarked, "Temples have always been a beacon of light…[and] source of strength for His people and today is no different. This will be a beautiful building, where the spirit of the Lord will be strongly felt." Lima will become the first city outside of the United States to have two temples.2
On January 27, 2019, the Lima North Institute of Religion building and the meetinghouse for the Habish and Cayetano Heredia wards were permanently closed for demolition. The site will be prepared for construction of the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple and two housing facilities for patrons and temple missionaries.
A special devotional with Elder César E. Villar of the Seventy was held the evening of January 27 at the retiring institute building where a new Lima Northwest Institute was established. The stakes that had been assigned to the Lima North Institute were divided between the new Lima Northwest Institute and the relocated Lima North Institute.
The official rendering of the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple was released on March 7, 2019, in conjunction with the groundbreaking announcement.
On October 20, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson visited the site for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple, which will be located on the property of the Lima North Institute of Religion building and meetinghouse for the Habish and Cayetano Heredia wards on Avenida Eloy Espinoza in the San Martín de Porres District, just east of the Los Olivos District. Plans call for the existing buildings to be razed to allow for construction of the temple, a patron housing facility, a missionary housing facility, a utility building, and an underground parking garage.
The announcement of a second temple to be constructed in Lima, Peru, came during the Sunday morning session of General Conference on April 3, 2016. President Thomas S. Monson stood at the pulpit in the Conference Center, and before beginning his formal remarks, announced four cities where new temples would be constructed, including the city of Lima, Peru, where a second temple would be constructed.
Peru is home to well over half a million members of the Church and is one of only four nations with more than 100 stakes. There are 46 stakes in the Lima metropolitan area alone, yet it operates one of the smallest temples in the Church, dedicated in 1986 on the eastern side of the city. Long waiting lines outside the temple are common in Lima, especially on Saturdays when Saints from around the country travel to the capital to participate in temple ordinances. During 2015, the country's second temple was dedicated in Trujillo, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in 2017 for the country's third temple in Arequipa.3
The Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be the fourth temple built in Peru.
The Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be the third temple built in the same city as another operating temple, the Lima Peru Temple (1986), making Lima, Peru, the third city in the world to have more than one temple, following South Jordan, Utah; and Provo, Utah.
The Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be the first temple built outside of the United States in the same metropolitan area as another operating temple.
The Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple was announced in the 30th anniversary year of the Lima Peru Temple.
The temple features a symmetrical cement structure designed in an art deco style and clad in white granite. The light-colored stone contrasts with the surrounding cityscape. The exterior motifs carved in stone are abstract and reminiscent of textile fabrics and the harvest basket. The stained-glass windows contain creams, blues and greens, with a pale scarlet flower accent.
The gardens feature four mature olive trees, reflecting the name of the temple, planted at the four corners of the paths surrounding the building. The national flower of Peru, the cantua, has also been planted.
The interior stone floors are typical of Lima’s majestic buildings, made from solid travertine quarried in Peru. The main color is lilac, with pinto-brown nuances. The doors and decorative wood are stained cherry wood, with a simple finish and smooth lines and panels that reflect the exterior stone patterns. The interior stained-glass windows match the exterior design and again feature the national flower, the cantua or climbing trumpet, in scarlet buds and blossoms.
- "Dedication and Open House Dates Announced for Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 26 Jun. 2023.
- "Ground Is Broken for Peru’s Fourth Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 8 Jun. 2019
- "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.