News Release

The Salta Argentina Temple Opens Its Doors to the Public 

The Salta Argentina Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its doors with a news conference on Monday, April 29, 2024, in Salta, Argentina. More than 20 media organizations attended as well as representatives from local governments.

One of the government representatives to attend was the Salta Province Vice Governor, Antonio Marocco. After touring the temple's interior, he expressed that it was a beautiful place where one can reflect. He also said, Salta is a province of great faith. We practice our faith.

Ricardo Villada, Salta Province Minister of Government, Human Rights, and Labor, toured the temple and spoke at the news conference. I am very happy to be here at this important moment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as for the people of Salta,” he said. “We all believe in the same God and know that we are all brothers and sisters.

At the end of his remarks, Villada said the temple is the house of the Lord.

Elder Craig C. Christensen, President of the Church’s South America South Area, and Elder Shayne M. Bowen, Associate Executive Director of the Temple Department, spoke at the news conference and guided the tour of the temple’s interior for the media and special guests.

It is a privilege to be at the Salta Temple open house. I want to testify that the temple is the house of the Lord, said Elder Christensen.

Elder Bowen added, “Blessings will come to Salta because of the temple.”

Elder Joaquín E. Costa and Elder Alan R. Walker, counselors in the South America South Area presidency, also welcomed the media and guests and participated in the open house.

Free guided tours for the general public will begin on Friday, May 3, and go through Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., excluding Sundays.

“We want to bring temples closer to the expanding membership of the Church,” said President Russell M. Nelson as he announced the Salta Argentina Temple in the April 2018 general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ now has 350 houses of the Lord in operation, under construction or renovation, or announced worldwide.

The temple will be dedicated Sunday, June 16, 2024, by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

About the Salta Argentina Temple

The Salta Argentina Temple is just over 27,000 square feet and is in the southern part of the city.

The temple’s architecture reflects the rich heritage of the Salta region, featuring design elements such as the cardon cactus flower, a prominent plant in the area, and the guarda pampa pattern motif, traditionally used in regional costumes and handcrafts. The color palette incorporates shades of blue, green, yellow, red, and ocher, mirroring the vibrant hues found in the local landscape.

Once dedicated, the Salta Argentina Temple is slated to be the 194th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the third temple in Argentina. The other two temples in operation are in Buenos Aires and Córdoba. Four other temples have been announced or are under construction in Mendoza, Bahía Blanca, downtown Buenos Aires, and Rosario.

Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ are different from meetinghouses or chapels where members gather for Sunday worship services. A temple is considered a house of the Lord, where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other sacred agreements that unite families for eternity. Members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and others.

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