Asunción Paraguay Temple
112th operating temple; closed for renovation; building permits secured; estimated to be completed in 2019 (no official dates announced)
Physical AddressEsquina Brasilia y España
Mailing Addressc/o Asunción Paraguay Service Center
Av. Brasilia 601 y Juan de Salazar
1441 Asunción, Paraguay
Pouch, ParaguayTelephone (595) 21-230-035
Facsimile (595) 21-230-187
Distribution Services (595) 21-216-9235
Announcement: 2 April 2000
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 3 February 2001 by Jay E. Jensen
Public Open House: 4–11 May 2002
Dedication: 19 May 2002 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Exterior Finish: Light gray Asa Branca Brazilian granite.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 10,700 square feet.
The Asunción Paraguay Temple closed on October 29, 2017, for extensive renovation. The renovation will be followed by a public open house, cultural celebration, and rededication ceremony. Temple patrons will be accommodated at temples in neighboring South American nations.
The Asunción Paraguay Temple was the first temple build in Paraguay.
Faithful Paraguayan members met together under the clouds of a downpour for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Asunción Paraguay Temple. During the ceremony, the vice chairman of the Asunción Paraguay Temple construction committee, Carlos Roig, stirred to remembrance the delight felt by local members when they received the announcement made during the April 2000 General Conference that plans were underway for building the first temple in Paraguay. Brother Roig paralleled their reaction to the saints mentioned in Mosiah 18:11 who received happy news with great joy. "[We] also responded with joy, tears and appreciation because a temple would soon be built here," he said.1
Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy and president of the South America South Area who presided at the groundbreaking, offered the dedicatory prayer giving thanks that the people of this nation would soon receive the fulness of priesthood blessings and ordinances in their own country. He also gave thanks for those persons whose lives would be touched and forever changed by coming to a knowledge of the restored gospel because of the future temple. He expressed desire that the members would dutifully pay their tithes, thus enabling them to receive temple recommends.2
1. Pedro Servin Fabio, "Rains cool Paraguay temple groundbreaking," Church News 17 Feb. 2001: 3.
2. Fabio 3.