Announcement (April 2021)
At the conclusion of the 191st General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held on Easter Sunday, 04-Apr-2021, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to build 20 new temples, the most announced in a single day since 1998. The prophet has now announced 69 new temples in the three years he has served as president of The Church.
This will be Mexico‘s 15th temple. Querétaro (officially known as Santiago de Querétaro) is a city about 135 miles northwest of Mexico City in the state of Querétaro in central Mexico. Querétaro has a population of about 1 million residents. The country is home to approximately 1.5 million Latter-day Saints, more than any other country outside the United States, and more than 1,800 congregations. Missionary work began in Mexico in 1875.
The Querétaro Mexico Temple will be the Church's first temple in central Mexico between Mexico City and Guadalajara - a region of Mexico with some of the lowest percentages of Latter-day Saints in the general population. Local members have reported Querétaro is an important evolving center for the Church in the region, and it is the only city between Mexico City and Guadalajara with more than two stakes. The first stake in Queretaro Mexico Stake was organized in 1995, and the most recently organized stake in Querétaro was created in 2012. The Mexico Querétaro Mission was organized in 2013. The new temple will likely include the three stakes in Querétaro, three stakes and one district in neighboring Guanajuato State, possibly 2-4 stakes in Michoacan State, and possibly two stakes in San Luis Potosí. These stakes are currently assigned to the Mexico City Mexico Temple or the Guadalajara Mexico Temple.
Notable temple presidents have included: