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The San Salvador El Salvador Temple is the 135th temple of the Church. It is the fourth temple to be built in Central America and the first in El Salvador


Missionaries first arrived in El Salvador May 1949 first arriving in Santa Ana in the western region of the country. In 1952 Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then an Apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve, visited El Salvador and offered a prayer of peace and prosperity upon the nation. Church Membership in El Salvador had grown to more than 15,000 by 1986. By the time the temple was completed there were more than 110,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 161 congregations throughout El Salvador.[1]


A letter from the First Presidency, dated 7 November 2007, was read during Sacrament Meetings throughout El Salvador on 18 November 2007. Prior to the Temple being Built, members had to travel to the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple[2]


On 20 September 2008, ground was broken and the site was dedicated by Elder Don R. Clarke, of the Seventy and president of the church’s Central America Area. Around 600 members attended the groundbreaking, taking shelter under awnings and umbrellas as rain poured around them.[3]

Open House

The public was invited to visit the temple during an open house from Friday, 1 July 2011, until Saturday, 23 July 2011, excluding Sundays.[4] Public tours were scheduled for Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

It was reported that 165,790 people toured the temple during the open house. The temple open house included visits from a variety of Salvadoran government and cultural leaders. Almost 200 government officials toured the temple along with 27 representatives from other religions. Hundreds of local business leaders along with some 50 media members were also counted among the visitors.[5]

Cultural Celebration

A cultural celebration was held on Saturday, 20 August 2011 at the National Gymnasium in El Salvador. The production, titled “Vale La Pena, (It Is Worth It)” featured more than 2,000 youth from 17 stakes and 2 districts in colorful costumes performing for a crowd of over 12,500 spectators. The youth, ages 12-18, performed 12 dances, one musical drama, and five hymns and songs for their guests, including President Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, fellow Apostle D. Todd Christofferson, Members of the Quorums of the Seventy, The General Relief Society, and members of their families.[6]


The temple was formally dedicated on Sunday, 21 August 2011, in three sessions. By President Henry B. Eyring. The dedicatory sessions were broadcast to congregations of the Church within the temple district.[7] The TEmple was dedicated on the 84th birthday of the President of the Church, Thomas S. Monson.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The San Salvador El Salvador Temple was the fourth temple to be built in Central America, following the Guatemala City Guatemala, the San José Costa Rica, and the Panamá City Panamá Temples. It was the first built in El Salvador, and the 135th temple dedicated in the world.


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The site for the temple is located at Bulevar Diego de Holguín, Antiguo Cuscatlán, an affluent district southwest of San Salvador. The San Salvador volcano provides a background for the temple grounds and the three-story building. The Temple stands near the Multiplaza Panamericana Mall, in front of the Roberto d’Aubuisson roundabout at El Espino and El Pedregal Streets in San Salvador.

Adjacent to the temple is a meetinghouse and a patron housing facility with a residence for the temple president, a cafeteria, and Distribution Services. The sacred edifice is surrounded by verdant grounds that offer a calming retreat to all El Salvadoreans.


The sacred edifice is surrounded by attractive grounds that offer a calming retreat to all San Salvadorians.

The San Salvador El Salvador Temple serves members of the Church throughout the country. Three other temples are located in Central America: Guatemala City, Guatemala (dedicated in 1984); San José, Costa Rica (2000); and Panama City, Panama (2008). Two more temples are under construction — one in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and another in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This is the only temple in El Salvador.


The exterior of the San Salvador El Salvador Temple is Bianco Sienna granite from Brazil. Its design is inspired by Spanish colonial architecture from the region, with prominent arches and conches inside and out. Much of the decoration features the flor de izote, El Salvador’s national flower, and artwork depicts the El Salvadorian countryside. This flower design is highlighted in the art-glass windows and the exterior granite, as well as in the detail of the interior woodwork.




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The interior of the temple is finished in genuine mahogany from Honduras and nearby countries. Flooring and interior ornamentation are of limestone from Israel. Artwork throughout the temple depicts the El Salvadorian countryside.

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Additional Articles


  1. [1]“Public Invited to Attend the San Salvador El Salvador Temple Open House,” Mormon Newsroom, 29 June 2011, Accessed 8 November 2018.
  2. [2]“New Temple for El Salvador, Grateful Members Regard News As a Fullfillment of a long-awaited dream,” Church News, Deseret News, 24 November 2007. Accessed 8 November 2018
  3. [3]“Ground Broken for El Salvador Temple, Edifice will be the first of its kind in small Central American nation,” Church News, Deseret News, 27 September 2008. Accessed 8 November 2018
  4. [4]“Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for the San Salvador El Salvador Temple”Newsroom (News Release), LDS Church, February 9, 2011, retrieved 2012-10-15
  5. [5]Swensen, Jason, “El Salvador Temple – 165,790 people attend open house,” Church News, Deseret News, 20 August 2011, Accessed 8 November 2018.
  6. [6]West, Aaron, “El Salvador Cultural Celebration: Worth the Effort,” Church News,, 25 August 2011
  7. [7]“Ground broken for El Salvador temple”. Church News. Deseret News. September 27, 2008. Retrieved 2012-10-15.

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