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LDS church plans temple in Tijuana

By: Sandra Dibble

Source: www.utsandiego.com/news



 — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a long history in Mexico, one that dates back to the first Mormon baptisms in the state of Sonora in 1876.

Next month, the church plans to break ground on a temple in Tijuana. It would be the 13th Latter-day Saints temple in Mexico.

Latter-day Saints consider temples as the most sacred places on Earth. These sites are reserved for special forms of worship among members only — including endowment ceremonies and marriages — in contrast to weekly services at meeting houses.

The new temple will be located on Insurgentes Boulevard at the foot of the city’s Cerro Colorado, a landmark hill in eastern Tijuana. Its geographic service area will be Baja California and the Sonoran border community of San Luis Río Colorado.

The Tijuana temple would be the first built in Mexico since one was completed a decade ago in the northern industrial city of Monterrey.

Only one other city along the U.S.-Mexico border, Ciudad Juárez, has a Mormon temple.

The closest temple now for Baja California residents is the one in San Diego.

Latter-day Saints leaders have scheduled an Aug. 18 groundbreaking ceremony for the Tijuana temple.





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