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Quito Ecuador Temple

Preparing for public open house beginning 14 October 2022; scheduled to be dedicated on 20 November 2022
Quito Ecuador Temple

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Location

Cumbayá
Quito
Ecuador

Announcement: 

3 April 2016

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

11 May 2019 by Enrique R. Falabella

Public Open House: 

14–29 October 2022

Dedication: 

20 November 2022 by Quentin L. Cook

Architectural Features: 

Single attached central spire with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Open House and Dedication

The public is invited to tour the Quito Ecuador Temple starting Friday, October 14, and continuing through Saturday, October 29, 2022, with no tours held on Sundays. The temple will be formally dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside. The temple was announced on April 3, 2016, and the groundbreaking followed on May 11, 2019.1


Groundbreaking Ceremony

Elder Enrique R. Falabella, South America Northwest Area President, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Quito Ecuador Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Special guests in attendance included the Interior Minister, Dr. Maria Paula Romo, and several religious leaders. Elder Hugo Montoya, a counselor in the area presidency, spoke to the congregation of more than 800 people. "As members we support each other to serve the citizens of this country. The temple will be a refuge. We should not be distressed despite our problems," he said. "If we can be in a safe place, this place is the temple."2


Temple Rendering

The official rendering of the Quito Ecuador Temple was released on March 7, 2019, in conjunction with the groundbreaking announcement.


Temple Site

The Quito Ecuador Temple will be constructed east of Quito in the beautiful suburb of Cumbayá at the junction of Ruta Viva and Escalón Lumbisí.


Temple Announcement

On April 3, 2016, during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that Ecuador's second temple would be constructed in the capital city of Quito.3

Nestled in a long, narrow valley high in the Andes mountains, Quito is known for being one of the highest capital cities in the world at 9,350 feet above sea level. There are seven operating stakes in this city of 2.5 million people, which is the second most populous city in Ecuador after Guayaquil, where the nation's first temple was constructed. Prior to the announcement of Quito's temple, Ecuador was the country with the highest number of members with only one temple. The Saints of Quito currently travel 270 miles to reach the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple. Saints in the Imbabura region, north of Quito, generally arrange 13-hour overnight bus trips to attend the temple, participating in two endowments sessions and a lunch before reboarding the bus and returning home.


Temple Facts

The Quito Ecuador Temple was the second temple built in Ecuador, following the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple (1999).


  1. "Open Houses Announced for Two Temples in South America," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 24 Jun. 2022.
  2. "Groundbreaking Held for Second Ecuador Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 11 May 2019
  3. "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.

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