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Peru’s third temple was dedicated Sunday by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Arequipa Peru Temple was dedicated in three sessions, which were broadcast to congregations of the Church within the temple district.

Before the first dedicatory session, Elder Soares; Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Presiding BishopricElder Kevin R. Duncan of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department; Elder Enrique R. Falabella, president of the South America Northwest Area; and other Church leadership participated in the cornerstone ceremony.

Beginning the cornerstone ceremony, Elder Soares said, “We are very happy to be with you this morning. Today is a glorious day for all Arequipa and for this beautiful country. At this special moment, we must raise our thoughts to our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ who is the true cornerstone of this work and of our lives, on which everything else rests. May God bless you by participating in this wonderful historical moment.”

The Arequipa Temple is the Church’s 167th temple worldwide and the third in Peru, with the first completed in Lima in 1986, the second in Trujillo in 2015 and a fourth temple is under construction in another part of Lima.

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