When Tegucigalpa Honduras Guaymuras Stake President Jose Torres recently picked up his young son Jose Lehi from Primary, the 5-year-old had already learned the happy news. Honduras would have its own temple.
"Now I'm really going to try to be good" Jose Lehi said excitedly.
President Torres shared Jose Lehi's enthusiasm. Having a temple in his country's largest city, he said, would change many lives.
The First Presidency announced in a June 9 letter that a temple will be built in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. It will be the first of its kind in Honduras, and the fourth in Central America. Temples are operating in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and in San Jose, Costa Rica. Meanwhile, construction continues on a future temple in Panama City, Panama.
"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," said the First Presidency in a letter to general and local priesthood leaders.
Central America Area President Spencer V. Jones of the Seventy delivered the news to the Honduran members June 18 during a visit to the country. His announcement was the beginning of a dream fulfilled.
"They were very, very happy," Elder Jones said.
For many LDS Hondurans, a trip to attend the temple in Guatemala City has been a sobering expense and hardship, often undertaken amid challenging circumstances. Some faithful families have only been able to make a temple trip once every three years, President Torres said.
Honduras' first temple "will bless the lives of people in Honduras and in Nicaragua," added Elder Jones. Members in some regions of Nicaragua have to endure several days on the road to make it to the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple and then back home. With a temple in Honduras, Nicaraguan members will be able to make a temple trip in just a few hours.
Elder Jones said the Honduran members recognize the responsibility that comes with the new temple, adding many members are already working on preparing themselves to one day be able to work inside the sacred edifice.
In its recent letter, the First Presidency noted that members who would like to donate to the temple construction project should simply indicate "temple" on the "other" line of the donation receipt.
Some 112,000 members live in Honduras.
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