Dedication of the Guayaquil Ecuador TempleElder Richard G. Scott
of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided over the groundbreaking
of the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple on Aug. 10, 1996. Elder Scott spoke during the proceedings, saying:
“Our sons and daughters are sealed to us for eternity. And not only can we do this magnificent work of incredible significance for those who live, but also through vicarious ordinances we can perform those same ordinances for our ancestors who were not able to enjoy the blessings of the gospel during their sojourn on earth.”
Almost three years later, approximately 22,000 members attended a regional conference
, held in a large soccer stadium the night before the temple dedication
. Accompanying Church President Gordon B. Hinckley
to the conference was his wife, Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley
; President James E. Faust
, second counselor in the First Presidency; and Elder Russell M. Nelson
of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
President Hinckley said
during that conference, “I want every young man and every young woman who is here tonight to resolve in their hearts that they will prepare themselves and keep themselves worthy to go to the house of the Lord and stand before Him, pure in heart, and worthy to receive His great blessings.”
Throughout the next two days — from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 1999 — President Hinckley dedicated the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple. Approximately 11,700 members attended
one of the eight dedicatory sessions. Among them were at least eight former mission presidents who had served in Ecuador and returned to see the dedication of the house of the Lord.
Those who attended also included members of a stake who, during the public open house, volunteered to clean
the temple starting at 5 a.m. The service was not simply a sacrifice of a little time and sleep, however, as the members had to walk 6 miles during the night in order to be at the house of the Lord at the designated time.
In an interview with the Church News, President Hinckley said
, “I sense a great spirit of gratitude for this new temple in Guayaquil. The Saints have waited a very, very long time. They contributed generously toward its construction, but for one reason or another, it has been delayed until now at this late date. It is finished and completed and dedicated, and they are grateful for this and indicate their gratitude.”Dedicatory prayer excerpt:
“We pray that Thy Saints may gather here to carry forward the work of receiving their own ordinances and offering these ordinances to those beyond the veil of death, that Thine eternal purposes may be accomplished. ... Prosper Thy work in this land. May the gospel message touch the hearts of people throughout the nation. May they come into the waters of baptism and remain faithful and true unto Thee.”Read the dedicatory prayer of the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple here.
The Guayaquil Ecuador Temple was announced
on March 31, 1982, by President Gordon B. Hinckley
, then a counselor in the First Presidency. The groundbreaking ceremony
took place over 14 years later, on Aug. 10, 1996, with Elder Richard G. Scott
of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presiding. The public open house
ran from June 23 to July 17, 1999, and President Hinckley, Church President, dedicated
the house of the Lord on Aug. 1-2, 1999.
Architecture and Design of the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple
The Guayaquil Ecuador Temple was built upon a 6.25-acre property, with the building sized at 70,884 square feet. The exterior of the house of the Lord was built with Asa Branca granite. Inside the temple is a celestial room, a baptistry, four instruction rooms and three sealing rooms.