The First Presidency has announced plans to build a temple in Trujillo, Peru. This will bring the total number of temples worldwide to 146 already in operation or in the planning and construction phases.
The new temple in Peru becomes the third temple in South America in the planning and construction phases, along with ones planned for Manaus, Brazil, and Cordoba, Argentina, bringing the total number of temples in South America to 17. Peru's first temple, the Lima Peru Temple, was dedicated Jan. 10, 1986, by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
"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 an announcement to Church leaders.
"We commend the Saints for their devotion and faithfulness, and are thankful for the blessings that will come to them through the construction of this new temple."
The Trujillo Peru Temple is planned for construction on the site of an existing meetinghouse on Teodoro Valcarcel Street in Urbanizacion Primavera, Trujillo. The temple will serve more than 88,000 members in the region.