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Tegucigalpa Honduras

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Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple Wiki

Description

The Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple is the 141st temple.

 

History

Announcement

On 9 June 2006 the announcement was made of plans to build a temple in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The Central American Area President Spencer V. Jones, a member of the Seventy, made the announcement to members of the area.[1] In the letter, the First Presidency stated, “We are confident that this will be a blessing to the many faithful Saints in this and surrounding areas who have had to travel long distances to enjoy the blessings of the temple.” With its completion, the Tegucigalpa Temple will be the first Mormon temple in Honduras and the fourth Mormon temple in Central America. Currently, members in the area must travel to Guatemala City, to attend the nearest temple.

Groundbreaking

Ceremonial groundbreaking and dedication were held at a site located in eastern Tegucigalpa, near the Basilica de Suyapa, on 9 June 2007.[2] On 28 January 2009, the LDS Church announced that due to objections from the local government, the proposed temple would no longer be located at the previously designated site. The primary reason for the relocation was due to a belief, widely held by members of the Tegucigalpa city council, that the temple would overshadow the local basilica. The church had all the primary permits secured, but the city council halted all construction and would not honor the permits. Out of respect for the strong feelings of those involved, the church decided to seek a new location.[3][4] The temple was to be built adjacent to an LDS Church Institute of Religion. Excavation had begun before the church ceded to pressure to relocate the building.[5][6] Church officials decided to move the temple in order to avoid confrontation.[7][8][9]

Open House

On December 11, 2012, the church announced that the public was invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 9 February, through 2 March 2013, excluding Sundays. More than 210,000 people attended the Mormon temple open house, including local dignitaries — Honduran president Porfirio Lobo Sosa, First Lady Rosa Elena de Lobo, and a large government delegation that included 10 cabinet ministers.

Cultural Celebration

In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there was a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 16 March 2013. About 4,100 Latter-day Saints participated in the presentation. It took ten months to prepare the colorful program. Approximately 15,000 people attended the program, including President Ucthdorf, other Church leaders. and the President and First Lady of Honduras.

Dedication

The temple was formally dedicated on Sunday, 17 March 2013, in three sessions, by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy also joined him for the dedication. The sessions were broadcast to Mormon meetinghouses in the temple district, which includes Nicaragua.

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The 28,254-square-foot temple is made of gray granite from China and stands 41.2 meters (135.17 feet) tall, with an angel Moroni on top.

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Sources and Links

External links

  • Temple at LDS.org(official)
  • Temple at MormonTemples.org (official)
  • Temple at MormonNewsroom.org (official)
  • Temple at LDSChurchTemples.com
  • Temple at LDSChurchNewsArchive.com
  • Temple at Wikipedia

Additional Articles

Sources/Citation

  1. [1]“Temple to be built in Honduras capital”Church News, p. 4, 24 June 2006, retrieved 2012-10-30
  2. [2]Betancourth, Ramon (June 23, 2007), “Ground broken in Honduras”Church News, retrieved 2012-10-30
  3. [3] De Groote, Michael (Feb 9, 2009), Church to seek new site for templeMormon Times (Deseret News), retrieved 2012-10-30
  4. [4]Stack, Peggy Fletcher (February 6, 2009), “LDS to find a new site for Honduran temple”The Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved 2012-10-30
  5. [5] Mormones ya no construirán templo en el área de Suyapa
  6. [6]Mormons to build gigantic temple in front of Marian shrine in HondurasCatholic News Agency, January 30, 2009, retrieved 2012-10-30
  7. [7] No hubo acuerdo con la Iglesia Católica (Spanish) This news story contains a letter from Nery Rodriguez, Director of Public Affairs for the LDS Church in Honduras, explaining why the church will not be building at the original site
  8. [8]Mormons reverse plans to build temple near Marian shrine in Honduras, Catholic News Agency, February 4, 2009, retrieved 2012-10-30
  9. [9]Campbell, Joel (January 31, 2009). “Media distorts story about Honduras Temple”. Random observations (Report). Mormon Media Observer. Mormon Times (Deseret News). Retrieved 2012-10-30.

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