Quito Ecuador Temple
Site grading, leveling, and some utility excavation underway
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Announcement:3 April 2016
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:11 May 2019 by Enrique R. Falabella
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."1
The official rendering of the Quito Ecuador Temple was released on March 7, 2019, in conjunction with the groundbreaking announcement.
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.
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.2
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.
The Quito Ecuador Temple will be the second temple built in Ecuador.
- "Groundbreaking Held for Second Ecuador Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 11 May 2019
- "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.