Guayaquil Ecuador Temple

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Guayaquil Ecuador Temple
LDS Temple Ecuador.jpg
Number 58 edit data
Dedication 1 August 1999 (1 August 1999) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 6.25 acres (2.5 hectares)
Floor area 45,000 sq ft (4,200 m2)
Preceded by Bogotá Colombia Temple
Followed by Spokane Washington Temple
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Coordinates: 2°9′22.48559″S 79°54′17.55719″W / 2.1562459972°S 79.9048769972°W / -2.1562459972; -79.9048769972 The Guayaquil Ecuador Temple is the 58th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

In 1982, Spencer W. Kimball, then president of the LDS Church, announced that there would be an LDS temple built in Ecuador. It took fourteen years to secure the necessary government authorizations and the temple was not completed and dedicated until 1999.

Before the temple in Ecuador was finished, church members in Ecuador would travel three days by bus to attend the temple in Lima, Peru. Before the LDS temple was dedicated, an open house was free to all in the community, including government officials. Over one hundred thousand members and non-members participated in the open house.

The Guayaquil Ecuador Temple was dedicated on August 1, 1999 by LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley.[1]

The temple resides on a hill in Urdesa, a peaceful suburb of northern Guayaquil, Ecuador's main port and most populous city. The Guayaquil Ecuador Temple has a total of 70,884 square feet (6,585.3 m2), four ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms.

Lynn Shawcroft of Arizona was the first president to oversee the operations of the temple, serving from July 1999 to November 2002.

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