Asunción Paraguay Temple

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Asunción Paraguay Temple
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Number 112 edit data
Dedication 19 May 2002 (19 May 2002) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 7 acres (2.8 hectares)
Floor area 10,700 sq ft (990 m2)
Height 71 ft (22 m)
Preceded by Campinas Brazil Temple
Followed by Nauvoo Illinois Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 25°17′16.49759″S 57°36′10.32839″W / 25.2879159972°S 57.6028689972°W / -25.2879159972; -57.6028689972

The Asunción Paraguay Temple is the 112th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

On April 2, 2000 an announcement was made that the LDS Church was planning to build a temple in Paraguay. Although there were already eleven other dedicated temples in South America, the Asunción Temple was the first temple to be built in Paraguay. The Asunción Temple will serve more than 68,000 members in the area.

In 1949 Paraguay was officially opened to Mormon missionaries under the mission headquartered in Uruguay. In 1977 Paraguay became its own mission area and soon after converts to the LDS Church began to increase. The average number of baptisms per year in Paraguay up to that time had been just over 200. In the year following the announcement 400 people were baptized into the church. Currently, there are approximately more than 152,000 Mormon members in Paraguay.

On February 3, 2001 the site for the Asunción Paraguay Temple was dedicated and a groundbreaking ceremony was held. Despite it being a rainy, cloudy day, many members came to be a part of the building of the temple. An open house was held from May 4–11, 2002. This allowed Latter-day Saints and those not of the faith to see the inside of the temple and learn more about what takes place inside. On Sunday May 19, 2002 four dedicatory sessions were held, allowing all church members who wanted to attend an opportunity to be present. LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley gave the dedicatory prayer.

The Asunción Paraguay Temple has a total of 10,700 square feet (990 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.

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