A free public open house is set to begin on Saturday, October 12 and go through October 19, 2019, for the Asunción Paraguay Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Open house hours include Monday through Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. No tours on Sunday. Reservations are not needed.
The temple will be rededicated Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (Asunción time) by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The temple will reopen for temple patrons on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995 to 2008, originally dedicated the Asunción Paraguay Temple on May 19, 2002.
The Asuncion Temple will serve some 100,000 Church members in Paraguay and the surrounding area.
The Asuncion Temple is located at the intersection of Avenida Espana and Avenida Brasilia. It was constructed on the same property as the first chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paraguay, which was removed to make room for the temple. Adjacent to the temple is a newer chapel/meeting house which was built incorporating one of the historic mansion homes of Asuncion.
A stylized version of the Lapacho tree flower, which is the Paraguay National Tree and flower, was used as inspiration throughout the building from the lighting, to decorative paint and color scheme. The Lapacho flower is most commonly found in a lavender color, which was used in the temple’s fabrics, art glass and even stone. The Spanish Colonial furniture style was inspired by the early architecture and furniture of Paraguay, prior to their destruction during the Paraguayan War.
Temples of the Church differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered houses of the Lord where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man.