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First Presidency Announces Groundbreaking for New Temple in South America

The First Presidency announced that the groundbreaking for the Arequipa Peru Temple, the third temple in Peru, will be held March 4, 2017. 

South America Northwest Area President Elder Carlos A. Godoy will preside at the groundbreaking.

The LDS Church in Peru currently has 568,559 members with 13 missions, 133 family history centers, and 764 congregations, according to Mormon Newsroom. The two temples currently in operation in Peru are in Trujillo, which was dedicated in 2015, and Luma, which was dedicated in 1986.

President Thomas S. Monson announced the Arequipa Peru Temple in the October 2010 general conference. In April 2016 general conference, President Monson announced a fourth temple set to be built in Peru, the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple, which will be the first temple outside of the United States to be built in the same city as another temple.

Lead image a rendering of the Arequipa Peru Temple from Mormon Newsroom
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