Tijuana Mexico Temple
149th dedicated temple in operation
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AddressPaseo Del Rio 6832
Esquina Campestre Oriente
Col 3 RA Etapa Rio Tijuana
22226 Tijuana, Baja California
Telephone: (+52) 664-969-2690
ServicesNO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)
Announcement:2 October 2010
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:18 August 2012 by Benjamín De Hoyos
Public Open House:13–28 November 2015
Dedication:13 December 2015 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Exterior Finish:Precast concrete cladding
Architectural Features:Single attached central tower with an angel Moroni statue
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms (two-stage progressive), two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:33,367 square feet
The Tijuana Mexico Temple stands in southeastern Tijuana on Paseo del Río near the beautiful Cerro Colorado, which bears white letters near the peak that proclaim: JESUCRISTO ES EL SEÑOR (Jesus Christ is Lord). The design of the temple reflects the Spanish Colonial influences that characterize much of Mexican architecture, especially the Spanish missions found throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States. The brilliant white exterior symbolizes the holy purpose of the temple, which is crowned with a distinctive central tower, lifting the eyes heavenward. Towering palm trees, a tiered fountain, and colorful landscaping decorate the grounds. Administrative offices, a distribution center, a cafeteria, and other multipurpose facilities also share the temple site.
The Tijuana Mexico Temple was the thirteenth temple built in Mexico and the first built in Baja California.
The Tijuana Mexico Temple features marble staircases, wrought iron railings, dark wooden doors and millwork, colorful patterned tiles, stone floors, carved and textured glass, and crystal chandeliers. Original artwork found throughout the building—including the murals in the instruction rooms—brings the region's desert and coastal landscapes indoors.
Approximately 2,000 people, including faithful Latter-day Saint members, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tijuana Mexico Temple on August 18, 2012. Elder Benjamín De Hoyos of the Seventy, first counselor in the Mexico Area presidency, presided at the event.
The public open house for the Tijuana Mexico Temple brought more than 70,000 guests who toured the sacred edifice. Friends and relatives of Church members were moved to tears by the beauty of the temple and its family-centered purpose.
At the cornerstone ceremony for the Tijuana Mexico Temple, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, called the temple a lighthouse. He said, "It is a wonderful place. It is a place of spiritual celebration. We have had in all of Mexico this weekend a wonderful spiritual celebration. And this temple is the reason."
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf dedicated the Tijuana Mexico Temple in three sessions on December 13, 2015. Thousands of Mexican members participated remotely in the services, which were broadcast to meetinghouses across the country.
Before the dedication of the Tijuana Mexico Temple, Church members in Tijuana had belonged to the San Diego California Temple district. And although the temple stood just 30 miles (50 km) to the north, travel restrictions and long delays at the U.S.-Mexico border forced many members to make the 8- to 10-hour drive to the Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple to participate in temple ordinances.1
The Tijuana Mexico Temple won the PCI Design Award for Best International Building Structure in 2015. PCI stands for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
On the morning of Saturday, August 18, 2012, some 2,000 faithful Latter-day Saints gathered to a barren lot in eastern Tijuana to participate in the site dedication and groundbreaking ceremony for the Tijuana Mexico Temple. The design of the landmark building—which bears a notable resemblance to old Spanish missions—was chosen for a reason, according to Elder Benjamín De Hoyos of the Seventy, first counselor in the Mexico Area presidency, who presided at the event. "Those early Spanish friars were very valiant in their preaching and building," he said. "And today, we in Mexico are very comfortable with the style of those churches. The temple will be an emblem for the entire Tijuana community."
Long-time member Dominga G. Sifuentes, who was baptized in 1964, said, "I remember when the first chapel was built here. We had 30 members then. Now we have a temple. I've watched the Church grow and have seen many chapels constructed, but the temple brings a special air of peace and tranquility." Elder De Hoyos stated, "We've seen in other Mexican cities where a temple has been built that there is a newfound peace in the city itself. Not only in Mexico, but in other Latin American countries I've visited, a temple can be a real factor in bringing a sense of security and prosperity. And we feel certain much the same thing will happen here."2
- Jason Swensen, "LDS Tijuanans celebrate newly dedicated temple," Church News, 9 Aug. 2019, 21 May 2021 <https://www.thechurchnews.com/temples/2010-10-02/lds-tijuanans-celebrate-newly-dedicated-temple-157014>.
- Jerry Earl Johnston, "Members Rejoice at Tijuana Mexico Temple Groundbreaking," 24 Aug. 2012, 26 Sept. 2012 <https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/members-rejoice-at-tijuana-mexico-temple-groundbreaking?lang=eng>.