SALT LAKE CITY — President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated the Mexico City Temple in two sessions Sunday, September 13, 2015, after closure for an extensive renovation. Both sessions were broadcast to meetinghouses throughout the temple district, enabling thousands of Latter-day Saints to participate.
Assisting President Eyring was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department and the Mexico Area Presidency.
The temple serves more than 384,000 members of the Church who live in Mexico City and in the states of Mexico, Baja California South, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí.
Prior to the rededication, a program of music and dance by Latter-day Saint youth was held to celebrate the completion of the temple. President Eyring told the performers, “May we enjoy and long remember this thrilling experience.”
A free public open house to allow people to view the inside of the temple was held from August 14 through September 5, 2015. More than 96,000 people visited the temple.
Currently, the Church in Mexico has 228 stakes (similar to dioceses) and more than 1.3 million members. There are 12 temples in Mexico, with the 13th under construction in Tijuana. Open house and dedication dates have been announced for November and December 2015.
Latter-day Saint temples differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’steachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite familiesfor eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.