AddressCarretera a Chicoasén Kilometro 1.4
Esq. Paseo de la Roseta
Fraccionamiento San José Chapultepec
29047 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
Telephone: (+52) 961-615-8287
Announcement:25 February 1999
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:20 March 1999 by Richard E. Turley Sr.
Public Open House:29 February–4 March 2000
Dedication:12 March 2000 by James E. Faust
Site:1.56 acres | 0.6 hectares
Exterior Finish:White marble from Torreón, Mexico
Architectural Features:Single attached spire with an angel Moroni statue
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms (two-stage progressive), two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:10,700 square feet | 994 square meters
Elevation:1,883 feet | 574 meters
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Fresno California Temple, Fukuoka Japan Temple, and Melbourne Australia Temple.
Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the capital of Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas, which borders Guatemala. Archaeologists have been fascinated for many years with its hundreds of ancient ruins. Among discoveries in the area are carved monuments used as calendars, stone boxes, wheel-made pottery, cement, the true arch and incense burners. The city is nestled in a valley among the mountains that cover much of this part of the isthmus. It was in 1957 on Mactumatza, a mountain overlooking the city, that Elder Howard W. Hunter, then of the Quorum of the Twelve, accompanied by President Claudius Bowman of the Mexican Mission, dedicated this area for the preaching of the gospel.
"New life in the springtime" came to the members in this city as ground was broken for the Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple, said Elder Richard E. Turley Sr. of the Seventy and a counselor in the Mexico South Area presidency.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Elder Turley observed that "the greatest gift we have received on this earth is the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. But another great gift from the Lord is to have the essential keys to do temple work, which is essential to prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord, and to help us gain eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
"We have much to accomplish during the next months before the temple is dedicated. We must prepare for the temple open house, and we must be ready to serve as participants, workers and leaders. We must also help maintain the temple and its grounds so its very appearance can be a blessing to the community."
In his site dedicatory prayer, Elder Turley petitioned that the members and leaders of the temple district receive "a special strength," and that the members would prepare themselves to be worthy to enter and participate in the temple's holy ordinances." He also asked that the temple district members "develop a culture of regular temple attendance to influence as many as possible to become involved in this glorious work."1
- Church News, 27 Mar. 1999.