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Cusco Peru Temple

Announcement of the Cusco Peru Temple

President Russell M. Nelson, 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the Cusco Peru Temple on April 3, 2022, during the Sunday afternoon session of April 2022 general conference. A fifth Peruvian house of the Lord was one of 17 temples announced worldwide during this conference.

Missionaries first arrived in 1956 in what is called the oldest living city in the Americas — and what was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco’s first official branch of the Church was organized in July 1956, and a building was purchased for meetings in November. In 1959, when the Andes Mission was organized, there were 300 members in five congregations.

In January 1988, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created seven stakes in one weekend — 32 years after missionary work began in this South American nation.

In an August 2006 live satellite broadcast to 33 stakes around Lima, Peru, Elder Ballard declared: “A miracle has been accomplished in Peru and the rest of Latin America by the power of the Lord’s Spirit working through His authorized servants, the missionaries.”
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Timeline of the Cusco Peru Temple

April
03
2022
Announced

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Cusco, Peru, on April 3, 2022, during April 2022 general conference. It was one of 17 temples announced at the conference.

The Cusco Peru Temple was announced by Church President Russell M. Nelson on April 3, 2022. Details about the temple’s groundbreaking have not yet been released.

Architecture and Design of the Cusco Peru Temple

The Cusco Peru Temple will be built in or near the city of Cusco in southeastern Peru. The site location and architectural rendering have not yet been released.

Quick Facts

Announced

3 April 2022

Location

Cusco

Peru

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This will be the fifth Latter-day Saint temple in Peru.

Fact #2

When this house of the Lord was announced, Peru had approximately 625,000 Latter-day Saints among more than 775 congregations.

Fact #3

The closest temple to Cusco at the time of its announcement was the Arequipa Peru Temple, a distance of approximately 200 miles away to the south.

Fact #4

The other four Peruvian temples at the time a house of the Lord was announced for Cusco were the Lima Peru, Trujillo Peru, Arequipa Peru and Lima Peru Los Olivos temples. The first three were operating, while the last was under construction.

Fact #5

When it was announced, there were two stakes in Cusco, organized in 1985 and 1992.

Fact #6

Cusco, in the Andes mountains of southern Peru, is home to nearly a half million people — the seventh largest population in the country.

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This will be the fifth Latter-day Saint temple in Peru.

Fact #2

When this house of the Lord was announced, Peru had approximately 625,000 Latter-day Saints among more than 775 congregations.

Fact #3

The closest temple to Cusco at the time of its announcement was the Arequipa Peru Temple, a distance of approximately 200 miles away to the south.

Fact #4

The other four Peruvian temples at the time a house of the Lord was announced for Cusco were the Lima Peru, Trujillo Peru, Arequipa Peru and Lima Peru Los Olivos temples. The first three were operating, while the last was under construction.

Fact #5

When it was announced, there were two stakes in Cusco, organized in 1985 and 1992.

Fact #6

Cusco, in the Andes mountains of southern Peru, is home to nearly a half million people — the seventh largest population in the country.