Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Interior progressing; landscaping nearing completion; exterior of housing facility finished; scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday, December 9, 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 20 February 2016 by Juan A. Uceda
Public Open House: 3–24 November 2018
Dedication: 9 December 2018
A free public open house for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple will be held from Saturday, November 3, through Saturday, November 24, 2018, except for Sundays, November 4, 11, and 18. Youth are invited to attend a devotional on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The temple will be dedicated the following day, on Sunday, December 9, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The dedicatory services will be broadcast to all congregations in Colombia.
On November 15, 2017, the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was lifted atop the tower of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple took place on Saturday, February 20, 2016, in the 50th anniversary year of the Church in Colombia. Elder Juan A. Uceda, president of the South America Northwest Area, presided at the ceremony. It was no coincidence, he explained, that construction of the country's second temple was beginning in that anniversary year. The hand of the Lord is at work. He challenged members to make temple attendance a regular family tradition, to hang photographs of the temple in their homes, and to conduct family history research. In his dedicatory prayer, he asked the Lord's blessings on all who would participate in the temple's construction including government leaders. Following the prayer, Church and civic leaders formally broke ground for the temple. Afterward, many more took the opportunity to turn a shovelful of dirt.1
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will stand in the picturesque oceanside community of Puerto Colombia across from Colegio Alemán, approximately two kilometers west of Barranquilla proper. The elevated property, located on the highway to Cartagena, commands a beautiful view of the Magdalena River—the largest river in Colombia—and of the ocean.2
President Thomas S. Monson announced the Barranquilla Colombia Temple on October 1, 2011, during the Saturday morning session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference. In 1966, the first LDS missionaries arrived in the country of Colombia where there are now more than 173,000 members organized into 29 stakes and 11 districts.3
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will be the second temple built in Colombia, following the Bogotá Colombia Temple (1999).
1. "Ground is broken at site of future temple in Barranquilla, Colombia," Church News 20 Feb. 2016, 1 Apr. 2016 <http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865648199/Ground-broken-at-site-of-future-temple-in-Barranquilla-Colombia.html>.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Nuevo Templo Mormón en Barranquilla, Colombia," 26 Jun. 2012.
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for France, Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming," 1 Oct. 2011.