By KATIE PARKER
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues its constant temple growth with the announcement of two more temples in Mexico, the performance of two more ground-breakings and the release of two more dedication dates.
The Oaxaca Temple and the Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas Temple announced in this week’s Church News and will be the 101st and 102nd temples for the LDS Church, and 9th and 10th temples for the country of Mexico.
According to the Church News, these two temples will service more than 45,000 members of the LDS Church.
“These two new temples will follow the Church’s smaller model,” said Dale Bills of the LDS Church public affairs office.
The new temples will be located on a stretch of land known as “Mexico’s ankle” situated near the border of western Guatemala.
This past weekend the LDS Church held ground-breaking ceremonies for the Nashville, Tenn., temple and the Kona, Hawaii temple.
According to a review journal, Franklin, Tennessee Review Appeal, hundreds attended the Nashville ceremony forcing a closed-circuit camera to be set up to allow those inside the church building to see the actual groundbreaking outside.
The Kona, Hawaii groundbreaking ceremony was attended by 3,000 members.
The LDS Church has also announced the dedication dates of two South American temples.
The Bogota, Columbia Temple will be dedicated April 24-25, with a public open house March 27 through April 17.
The dedication of the Guayaquil Ecuador Temple will take place May 22-24. The public open house will be from May 1-15.