Local Church leaders here broke ground Sept. 14 on the site of the future Trujillo Peru Temple
"It was a marvelous experience," said Elder Rafael E. Pino of the Seventy, who presided at the event.
The First Presidency announced plans to build a temple in the northern city of Trujillo on Dec. 13, 2008.
"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 at the time of the announcement.
"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 future temple is being built on a site next to the Campo Eterno cemetery on the highway to Huanchaco.
The country's first temple, the Lima Peru Temple, was dedicated Jan. 10, 1986, by President Gordon B. Hinckley.