Open house for Asuncion Paraguay Temple begins. See what the interior looks like

The week-long temple open house for the Asunción Paraguay Temple began over the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12. The temple open house will run through until Saturday, Oct. 19, with tours available without reservation from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will rededicate the temple in a single session on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Located near the heart of Asunción on the corner of Avenida Espana and Avenida Brasilia, the temple stands on the same site where the first chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paraguay was constructed. When the temple was first constructed and dedicated in 2002, it marked the first time in the history of the Church that every Spanish-speaking country in South America had an operating temple.

A sealing room in the Asunción Paraguay Temple.
A sealing room in the Asunción Paraguay Temple. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

The temple was announced on April 2, 2000, and was originally dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley on May 19, 2002. It closed for renovation on Oct. 29, 2017, and will reopen for patrons on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Paraguay’s national tree and flower, the Lapacho tree flower, which boasts a lavender color, was used throughout the temple in the redesign and can be found in the lighting, decorative paint and color schemes throughout. Furnishings throughout the temple match a Spanish colonial style.

When the temple is rededicated, it is expected to serve some 100,000 members of the Church in Paraguay and surrounding areas.

The baptistry in the Asunción Paraguay Temple.
The baptistry in the Asunción Paraguay Temple. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.