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Ground broken for the Puebla Mexico Temple

Latter-day Saint children lift a shovel-full of dirt at the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
The Mexico Area Presidency and their wives dig the first shovel-full of dirt at the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Shovels are lined up for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints use shovels to lift dirt at the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Members of the Mexico Area Presidency are from left to right Elder John C. Pingree Jr., second counselor and his wife, Anne; Elder Rafael E. Pino, first counselor and his wife, Patricia; and Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Mexico Area president and his wife, Si Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Puebla Mexico Temple. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Mexico Area president, speaks to Latter-day Saints who have gathered to participate in the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Latter-day Saint young people provide music for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Latter-day Saint young people provide music for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Latter-day Saint young people provide music for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Latter-day Saints in Mexico gather for the groundbreaking of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Church and community leaders gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Mexico Area, presided at the event. His counselors, Elder Rafael E. Pino and Elder John C. Pingree Jr., also attended.

Members of the Mexico Area Presidency are from left to right Elder John C. Pingree Jr., second counselor and his wife, Anne; Elder Rafael E. Pino, first counselor and his wife, Patricia; and Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Mexico Area president and his wife, Silvia. They are standing by the rendering of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
Members of the Mexico Area Presidency are from left to right Elder John C. Pingree Jr., second counselor and his wife, Anne; Elder Rafael E. Pino, first counselor and his wife, Patricia; and Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Mexico Area president and his wife, Silvia. They are standing by the rendering of the Puebla Mexico Temple on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. | Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

President Russell M. Nelson announced the Puebla Mexico Temple in October 2018 general conference, along with eleven other temples. The temple in Puebla will be the 14th in Mexico, which has more than 1.4 million Church members in over 1,800 congregations.

The Church currently has 217 temples around the globe that are operating, undergoing construction or renovation, or have been announced.

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