The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the location of the Cuernavaca Mexico Temple, one of 24 houses of the Lord for the North American nation.
A single-story edifice of 19,000 square feet is planned for a 5.36-acre site southeast of the corner of Calle Hernán Cortes and Calle Santa Prisca in Colonia Vista Hermosa, Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos, south of Mexico City and in the south-central area of the country.
The site location was first announced Tuesday, Jan. 16, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Cuernavaca during the October 2022 general conference, saying the Church was planning to build multiple temples in selected metropolitan areas where travel time to an existing temple is challenging. “Therefore, I’m pleased to announce four additional temples near Mexico City, where new temples will be built in Cuernavaca, Pachuca, Toluca and Tula.”
The house of the Lord in Cuernavaca is the second of the four to have its location released. A site for the Toluca Mexico Temple was announced in November 2023. Toluca is southwest of Mexico City and northwest of Cuernavaca. The distance between the two temple sites is about 34 miles (55 kilometers).
Operating temples in Mexico are in Ciudad Juárez, Colonia Juárez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Mérida, Mexico City, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz and Villahermosa, with a temple in Puebla scheduled for dedication on May 19.
Houses of the Lord are under construction in Querétaro and Torreón, with sites released for the Mexico City Benemérito and San Luis Potosí temples as well as those in Toluca and Cuernavaca. Besides Pachuca and Tula, temples have also been announced for Culiacán and Cancún.
More than 1.5 million Latter-day Saints comprising more than 1,860 congregations reside in Mexico, making Church membership there more than any other country except the United States. The preaching of the gospel began in the 1870s in Mexico, with the first stake organized in 1961 and the first temple dedicated in 1983, both in Mexico City.