The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the exterior rendering showing the planned design of the Mendoza Argentina Temple.
The temple, which was announced in October 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson, will be built along Avenida Champagnat between Calle Dr. Pose and Calle Dr. Coni E. Plans call for a temple of approximately 21,000 square feet. The classically proportioned yet modern single-spire design was chosen to complement the city of Mendoza. An adjacent meetinghouse and temple patron housing will also be built on the site.
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Detailed design plans for the temple are still being developed. Project leaders are in the process of working with city officials on the permitting process. Further information will be made public later. A groundbreaking date has not been set.
The Mendoza Argentina Temple will be the fourth temple in that country which is home to more than 470,000 Latter-day Saints. Other temples include the Salta Argentina Temple (which is scheduled to break ground in October 2020), the Cordoba Argentina Temple (dedicated in 2015), and the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple (dedicated in 1986; rededicated in 2012).
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on the earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church to participate in sacred ceremonies such as marriages that unite families forever and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity while living.