Tijuana Mexico Temple Opens for Public Tours

Contributed By MormonNewsroom.org

  • 13 November 2015

The Tijuana Mexico Temple

Article Highlights

  • The temple is open for public tours November 13-28.
  • The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on December 13.
  • After the dedication, the temple will serve the 45,000 Latter-day Saints living in the region.

The 13th temple of the Church in Mexico is now open for public tours through Saturday, November 28.

Guided 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. There are no tours on Sundays.

The Tijuana Mexico Temple was announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson in October 2010. A groundbreaking ceremony was held August 18, 2012.

After the open house, the temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, December 13. Thousands of Church members will be able to participate in each of the sessions in a live satellite broadcast to meetinghouses across Mexico. On Saturday, December 12, a cultural celebration will be held with singing and dancing by youth of the Church who live within the Tijuana Temple district.

The Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Baptistry in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Detailed work on the staircase of the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

After the dedication, the temple will serve the 45,000 Latter-day Saints living in the region, including those in Tijuana, Rosarito, Tecate, Mexicali, Ensenada, San Luis Rio Colorado, San Quintín, San Felipe, and Guerrero Negro.

The Tijuana Temple was built with an hacienda architectural style inspired by local designs. Finishes include a mixture of frosted gold, carved, and textured clear glass accented with green terracotta and carpets with Mexican and Spanish designs. The floors are made of carved stone and quarried in Europe and China, and the doors and handrails are mahogany with brass hardware.

There are currently 148 operating temples throughout the world. Adding the Tijuana Temple will greatly ease the travel difficulties faced by Latter-day Saints who now travel to the San Diego California Temple or to the Hermosillo Sonora Temple.

The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico goes back to 1875, when Brigham Young, then President of the Church, sent Daniel Jones to lead a small group of missionaries to Mexico City to distribute brochures to Mexican leaders. One of these brochures about the Book of Mormon fell into the hands of Plotino Rhodacanaty, who after reading it wrote to President John Taylor, Brigham Young’s successor, to request more information about the Church.

The first missionaries arrived in Tijuana from San Diego, California, in the 1940s, and local families formed a group that met for worship services in the house of a member. On April 25, 1954, the first congregation of the Church was organized in Tijuana, and on May 23, 1976, the first Tijuana stake was established, with Carlos Mendez Zullik as its first president.

Over the years, membership in the Church has spread through the entire country. Today there are more than 1.3 million members of the Church in Mexico in 228 stakes. There are 34 missions in Mexico and more than 2,000 Mexican full-time missionaries serving in Mexico and in various other parts of the world.

Exterior window on the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Detailed architectural décor at the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

The Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Main entrance to the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Celestial room in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Main staircase in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Instruction room in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Bride’s room in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Sealing room in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Celestial room décor in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Exterior balcony at the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Main staircase in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Columns along a walkway at the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Courtyard fountain in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.

Fine detailed work on the chairs in the Tijuana Mexico Temple.