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Quito Ecuador Temple

175th temple dedicated

Dedication of the Quito Ecuador Temple

The Quito Ecuador Temple was dedicated by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Nov. 20, 2022. The Quito temple was the second temple built in Ecuador and the 24th temple in South America. Prior to the Quito temple's dedication, members in Quito would travel 270 miles to the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple.

This dedication came 10 days before the 60th anniversary of Elder Cook and Sister Mary Gaddie's sealing in the Logan Utah Temple. After completing the Quito temple dedication, Elder Cook said, “Everything just seemed so right.”

Dedicatory prayer excerpt: "Dear Father, please touch the hearts of the people here in Ecuador and the temple district that the spirit of Elijah may turn their hearts to their ancestors, that they may be motivated to search for their forebears and do vicarious work in their behalf. May they experience the profound joy that emanates from unselfish service and emulates the great vicarious sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

Read the dedicatory prayer of the Quito Ecuador Temple here.

Timeline of the Quito Ecuador Temple

April
03
2016
Announced

President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple would be built in Quito, Ecuador, on April 3, 2016, during April 2016 general conference.

May
11
2019
Groundbreaking

The temple’s groundbreaking ceremony was held May 11, 2019, with Elder Enrique R. Falabella, a General Authority Seventy and the president of the South America Northwest Area, presiding.

October
14
2022
Open house

The temple’s open house was held from Oct. 14 to Oct. 29, 2022. More than 50,000 people attended the open house.

November
20
2022
Dedication

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Quito Ecuador Temple on Nov. 20, 2022, throughout three sessions.

The Quito Ecuador Temple was announced on April 3, 2016, by President Thomas S. Monson. Its groundbreaking and site dedication were held on May 11, 2019. The dedicatory prayer on the site and construction process was given by Elder Enrique R. Falabella, a General Authority Seventy and the president of the South America Northwest Area.

The open house for the Quito temple was held from Oct. 14 to Oct. 29, 2022. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Quito temple on Nov. 20, 2022, six and a half years after its announcement.

Architecture and Design of the Quito Ecuador Temple

The Quito Ecuador Temple covers an area of 36,780 square feet and has a single spire above the center of the building. Above the long, rectangular windows on the exterior are decoratively carved stone panels. The exterior is clad in white Turkish limestone, and a gray brick sidewalk circles around the temple. Temple grounds cover 3.96 acres of land, including patron housing on the site.

The house of the Lord includes two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms and one baptistry. The symbol of the geranium flower, a flower native to Ecuador, is used throughout the temple, such as in rugs and stained-glass windows.

Interior Photos of the Quito Ecuador Temple

Quick Facts

Announced

3 April 2016

Dedicated

20 November 2022

Current President and Matron

Bolivar Fernando Aguirre Sosa & Ana Lucia Tapia de Aguirre

Location

Calle Alfonso Lamiña s/n y Avenida Ruta Viva Esquina
sector Auqui Chico
170904 Cumbayá, Quito
Ecuador

Appointments

Additional Facts

Fact #1

The Quito Ecuador Temple was the second temple built in Ecuador.

Fact #2

The Quito temple’s announcement and dedication were held on the same days as the Belem Brazil Temple’s announcement and dedication.

Additional Facts

Fact #1

The Quito Ecuador Temple was the second temple built in Ecuador.

Fact #2

The Quito temple’s announcement and dedication were held on the same days as the Belem Brazil Temple’s announcement and dedication.