The building of the temple in Mérida, Yucatán, was announced on September 25, 1998. It is one of twelve LDS temples in Mexico.
A groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication were held on January 16, 1999 with Carl B. Pratt, a member of the Seventy and president of the México South Area, presiding. The site of the temple is 1.53 acres (6,200 m2) on the north end of the Yucatan Peninsula, near the Gulf of Mexico. The area is rich with history and the temple site is close to some of the most famous archeological ruins, such as Uxmal and Chichen Itza. There are more than 13,000 members just in Mérida and many more members throughout the area that the temple will serve.
The Mérida Mexico Temple was open for tours to the public June 24 through July 1, 2000. Those who toured the 10,700-square-foot (990 m2) temple were able to see the two ordinance rooms, the celestial room, two sealing rooms, the baptistery, and learn more about LDS beliefs.
Thomas S. Monson, a member of the LDS Church First Presidency, dedicated the temple on July 8, 2000. Four sessions of the dedication were held which allowed more than 5,400 members to attend the services. The Mérida Mexico Temple serves 33,000 members in nine stakes and six districts in Mexico and Belize.