Elder Costa commented on how impressed he was that people gathered in the hot summer sun for the groundbreaking.
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The groundbreaking of the Arequipa Peru Temple was also held on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Elder Carlos A. Godoy, of the Seventy and the South America Northwest Area president, presided at the services. Other members of the presidency in attendance were Elders Enrique R. Falabella and Hugo Montoya also of members of the Seventy.
President Thomas S. Monson announced the temple in the October 2012 general conference.
“I have no doubt, brothers and sisters, that somehow all of us need to change something in our lives; to make a change in our hearts,” said Elder Godoy. “This is an opportunity, perhaps, to evaluate ourselves and to qualify to be here in this house with our heart turned towards God and to be more like His Son Jesus Christ.”