Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple

136th operating temple
Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple

© 2011, Aaron K. Allen. All rights reserved.


9a Calle 4-03, Zona 9
Frente a Residenciales Los Cerezos 1
09000  Quetzaltenango
Telephone:  (+502) 7728-1603


NO clothing rental available
Cafeteria available
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


16 December 2006

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

14 March 2009 by Don R. Clarke

Public Open House: 

11–26 November 2011


11 December 2011 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf


6.47 acres

Exterior Finish: 

Precast concrete panels from Mexico

Ordinance Rooms: 

Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing

Total Floor Area: 

21,085 square feet

Temple Locale

Placed among the breathtaking mountains and volcanoes of Quetzaltenango Valley, the Mayan-inspired Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple stands high atop a knoll on the western edge of Quetzaltenango—commonly known as Xela—near the city zoo, Parque Zoológico Minerva, and across from Los Cerezos condominiums. A patron accommodation facility also shares the beautifully landscaped grounds, which are open to the public.

Temple Facts

The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple was the second temple built in Guatemala, following the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
32nd operating temple
Guatemala City Guatemala Temple

The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple was announced by President Gordon B. Hinckley during his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
130th operating temple
Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple

Ground was formally broken for the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple on a beautiful spring morning to an audience of more than 700 Church leaders and other special guests including the mayor and a congressional delegate. Elder Don R. Clarke, president of the Central America Area, presided. In his remarks, he said, "It is through your obedience and dilligence that the Lord has allowed the construction of this holy house."1

On October 1, 2010, the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was raised to its final position atop the single spire of the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple.

During the 15-day public open house for the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple, more than 126,000 visitors toured the building, including about 16,500 on the final day alone.

The dedicatory services for the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple were broadcast to meetinghouses throughout the entire country, allowing all worthy members in Guatemala to participate in the dedication of its nation's second temple.

The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple was the first temple dedicated by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who was serving as Second Counselor in the First Presidency.

Members of Western Guatemala have been faithful temple attenders since the time they had to travel to the Mesa Arizona Temple
7th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center
Mesa Arizona Temple
(1927), then to the México City México Temple (1983), then the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
32nd operating temple
Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
(1984), and finally the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple (2011).

  1. "Se inicia la construcción del Templo de la Ciudad de Quetzaltenango Guatemala," La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días 17 Mar. 2009 .