President Uchtdorf Dedicates Second Temple in Peru

Contributed By Jason Swensen, Church News staff writer

  • 22 June 2015

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf invited several Peruvian youth to help place mortar around the cornerstone of the Trujillo Peru Temple following the dedication June 21.

TRUJILLO, PERU

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Church’s 147th temple in Trujillo, Peru, on Sunday, June 21.

The Trujillo Peru Temple, the Church’s second temple in this South American nation, was dedicated 29 years after the opening of the Lima Peru Temple.

President Uchtdorf said Father’s Day was the perfect time to dedicate the new temple.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet Uchtdorf arrive for the opening session of the dedication of the Trujillo Peru Temple on June 21, 2015. Photo by Jason Swensen.

Peruvian Latter-day Saints gather outside the Trujillo Peru Temple during dedicatory events on June 21, 2015. It is the second LDS temple in Peru. Photo by Jason Swensen.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife, Harriet, greet members of the Church who came to participate in the dedication of the Trujillo Peru Temple. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan (right), also attended.

“We are told to celebrate, honor, and worship our Father in Heaven—and this is Father’s Day,” he said at the cornerstone ceremony of the dedication. “What an honor and a wonderful privilege it is to give to our Heavenly Father this house of the Lord.”

President Uchtdorf was joined in his travels from Church headquarters by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Michael John U. Teh of the Seventy. Also participating were members of South America Northwest Area Presidency—Elder Juan A. Uceda, Elder W. Christopher Waddell, and Elder Carlos A. Godoy, all of the Seventy.

Peru, where there are 100 stakes, has long been a stronghold for the Church. Now there is a second temple in Peru that will serve Latter-day Saints in the country’s northern region.

President Uchtdorf said blessings await all who come to the new temple to make and receive sacred covenants and instruction.

“There will be a confluence of spiritual streams in the lives of individuals, of families, of communities, and of this nation,” he said.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan, attended the cultural celebration and the three sessions of dedication for the Trujillo Peru Temple.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived early to Trujillo, Peru, for the dedication of the Trujillo Temple.

Young Latter-day Saints were invited by President Uchtdorf to help place mortar around the cornerstone.

All ages of Latter-day Saints were excited to see their Church leaders in their country of Peru for the cornerstone ceremony and dedication of the Trujillo Temple. The cornerstone ceremony for a Church temple signifies that the construction is complete and the new temple is ready for dedication.

Other leaders of the Church along with the new temple presidency participated in the cornerstone ceremony and dedication of the Trujillo Peru Temple.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Church’s First Presidency places mortar around the cornerstone of the Trujillo Peru Temple, signifying the temple is complete. His wife, Harriet, also participated.

Latter-day Saints participated in choirs for the cornerstone ceremony of the Trujillo Peru Temple.

Latter-day Saints participated in choirs for the cornerstone ceremony of the Trujillo Peru Temple.

Latter-day Saints participated in choirs for the cornerstone ceremony of the Trujillo Peru Temple.