News Release

Buenos Aires Argentina Temple Open for Public Tours

The Buenos Aires Argentina Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) is open for public tours.

The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 4 August 2012, through Saturday, 25 August 2012, excluding Sundays. The temple will be formally rededicated on Sunday, 9 September 2012, in three sessions. The rededicatory sessions will be broadcast to all stakes and districts in Argentina.

In conjunction with the rededication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 8 September 2012.

Renovation of the temple includes two new wings and new art glass throughout, with triple-paned insulated glass incorporating the colors of the Argentine flag. Landscaping and garden redesigns include a new entryway fountain. New decorative painting and gold leafing reflect patterns taken from historic architecture in Buenos Aires, and enhanced decorative wood trim and paneling feature Anigre and Makore hardwoods from Africa.

When originally completed, the Buenos Aires Temple was the 39th temple completed worldwide and the fourth in South America. Upon its rededication, it will again take its place among 138 temples operating throughout the world today. There are an additional two dozen temples announced or under construction, including another Argentine temple in Cordoba, announced in 2008.

An additional building was completed adjacent to the temple to provide housing for temple leadership.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and strengthen their commitment to serve Jesus Christ and those around them.

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