The Church has announced the decision to postpone the groundbreaking date for the Salta Argentina Temple, due to the impact of COVID-19 in Argentina.

The groundbreaking was previously announced to be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020, but due to recent global events, it will be moved to October 9, 2020. The South America South Area President, Elder Benjamin De Hoyos is assigned to preside the event.

Similar to the guidelines set by the Church and the local government, a strict social distancing policy and facemasks are required during the ceremony. Attendance will also be by invitation only and members can watch it via broadcast to meetinghouses in the temple district.

The Salta Argentina Temple was announced in April 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson and will be the third temple in Argentina following the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple, dedicated in 1986, and Córdoba Argentina Temple, dedicated in 2015.

The new temple will serve Latter-day Saints living in northwestern Argentina. There are more than 470,000 Latter-day Saints in the South American country of more than 40 million people.

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Josh Flores is a writer for Moroni Channel. He studies commercial law at De La Salle University and served his mission in Japan.
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