San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
Demolition of Trujillo Alto Ward chapel underway
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Announcement:7 October 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:4 May 2019 by Walter F. González
Elder Walter F. González, president of the Caribbean Area, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only, but the services are anticipated to be transmitted via internet to local meetinghouses. Construction is anticipated to last about two years.
On January 20, 2019, the Trujillo Alto Ward chapel was permanently closed for demolition. The site will be prepared for construction of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple and a new meetinghouse.
The official rendering of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple was publicly released on January 12, 2019. The rendering depicts a domed spire that will rise over the temple entrance, honoring the Spanish colonial architecture found throughout historic Old San Juan including the iconic defensive castle known as Castillo San Felipe del Morro or simply "El Morro."
The San Juan Puerto Rico Temple and a meetinghouse will be constructed on the site of the existing Trujillo Alto Ward chapel next to the Expreso Trujillo Alto highway, providing good access and a central location to the San Juan metropolitan area. The property has long been a hub of Church activity on the island, as the building just west of the chapel once housed the offices for both the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission and the Caribbean Area. The building is now part of an educational complex known as The School of San Juan.
The Caribbean's third temple was announced for the island of Puerto Rico by President Russell M. Nelson on October 7, 2018, just over a month after President Nelson traveled to the island for a member meeting held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico arena. During his remarks, he expressed his admiration for the Puerto Rican Saints who gave service and remained faithful during the awful months that followed the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Puerto Rican member Anali Ojeda said, he "taught us today that we could find peace during difficult times through Christ." She emphasized, "That's how we overcame this past year, through Christ."1
The San Juan Puerto Rico Temple will make regular temple attendance a reality for Puerto Rican Church members and spare them the time and expense of traveling by plane to the
99th operating templeSanto Domingo Dominican Republic Temple. There are over 23,000 Latter-day Saints on the island organized into five stakes.2
The San Juan Puerto Rico Temple will be the third temple built in the Caribbean, following the
99th operating templeSanto Domingo Dominican Republic Temple (2000) and the
Temple exterior completed; decorative fencing installedPort-au-Prince Haiti Temple (under construction).
- "President Nelson Assures Hurricane Survivors in Caribbean of Better Days Ahead," LDS.org 4 Sept. 2018, 7 Oct. 2018 <https://www.lds.org/church/news/president-nelson-assures-hurricane-survivors-in-caribbean-of-better-days-ahead?lang=eng>.
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.