Remodeled Mexico City Temple Opens for Public Tours

Contributed By MormonNewsroom.org

  • 16 August 2015

The remodeled Mexico City Temple is open for public tours through September 5.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open the doors of the newly remodeled Mexico City Temple and has invited the public to experience a guided tour of its interior.

Guided tours will be offered from August 14 through September 5, 2015. These tours will be available on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

After functioning without interruption for 25 years, the temple closed its doors for the first remodel in March of 2007, opening them again in October of 2008. It closed again in January of 2014 for a second remodel that lasted 19 months.

On Sunday, September 13, 2015—eight days after the final day of the open house—the Mexico City Temple will be formally rededicated. Latter-day Saints from the region will attend three rededicatory sessions. Other members of the Church will participate in the rededication by satellite transmission in meetinghouses throughout the country.

After its rededication, the temple will serve more than 384,000 members of the Church who live in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Baja California South, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro, and San Luis Potosí.

Today, there are 147 dedicated and operating temples throughout the world. The Mexico City Temple was the first of 12 temples constructed in Mexico and was originally dedicated December 2, 1983. Currently, a temple is under construction in Tijuana.

This remodel of the Mexico City Temple focused on new interior features including marble extracted from Spain and fabricated in China; new carpet carving with a Mesoamerican design in the celestial room; other geometric Mesoamerican designs throughout the interior; new art glass with coordinating Mesoamerican designs; new doors made of oak and cast bronze; and millwork, including carved columns with a waterfall design, which is found on the temple’s exterior with a basket weave design that encircles the temple exterior. A complete exterior cleaning was done to enhance the temple’s appearance.

The history of the Church in Mexico traces back to 1875, when Brigham Young, then President of the Church, sent Daniel Jones, along with a small group of missionaries, to Mexico City, where they distributed brochures to several Mexican leaders. One of these brochures fell into the hands of Plotino Rhodacanaty, who later became the first member of the Church in Mexico.

On November 13, 1879, the Church’s first congregation in Mexico City was organized with Rhodacanaty as its leader.

Currently, the Church in Mexico has 228 stakes and more than 1.3 million members.

The Mexico City Temple.

The celestial room in the Mexico City Temple.

Furniture and detail in the celestial room of the Mexico City Temple.

Entryway in the Mexico City Temple.

Baptistry in the Mexico City Temple.

Recommend desk in the Mexico City Temple.

Instruction room in the Mexico City Temple.

Sealing room in the Mexico City Temple.

Detail work in the Mexico City Temple.

Detail work in the Mexico City Temple.

Exterior detail of the Mexico City Temple.

Exterior detail of the Mexico City Temple.

Exterior detail of the Mexico City Temple.

The Mexico City Temple.