The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ has set a March 9, 2024, groundbreaking date for the San Luis Potosí Mexico Temple, releasing an exterior rendering of the house of the Lord along with the groundbreaking announcement.
Elder Sean Douglas, a General Authority Seventy and second counselor in the Church’s Mexico Area presidency, will preside at the groundbreaking and offer the dedicatory prayer over the site and construction.
With plans for a single-story temple of approximately 9,300 square feet, the San Luis Potosí Mexico Temple will be built on a 3.87-acre site at Arboleda 100, Fraccionamiento del Parque in namesake city.
The site and preliminary size of the temple were released on Oct. 31, 2022.
Commonly referred to as just San Luis or by its initials SLP, San Luis Potosí is the capital and most populous city of San Luis Potosí state, It is also one of central Mexico’s industrial and manufacturing centers.
More than 1.5 million Latter-day Saints comprising more than 1,860 congregations reside in Mexico, making Church membership there more than any country except the United States. The preaching of the gospel in Mexico began in the 1870s, with the first stake organized in 1961 and the first temple dedicated in 1983, both in Mexico City.
The San Luis Potosí temple is one of Mexico’s 24 total temples — dedicated and operating, under construction or announced.
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 May 19 dedication set for a new temple in Puebla.
Houses of the Lord are under construction in Querétaro and Torreón, with sites released for the Mexico City Benemérito temples as well as those in Toluca and Cuernavaca. Temples have also been announced for Culiacán, Cancún, Pachuca and Tula.