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Latter-day Saint Temples in Mexico


The temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are separate and distinct from their meetinghouses. There many thousands of Latter-day Saint churches and meetinghouses in the world, but relatively few temples.

Mexico has 31 states and 1 federal district: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Distrito Federal (Mexico City), Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatan, Zacatecas.

Below is a list of all the states of Mexico and whether or not there is a temple there.

State Population Temple Status
Mexico 9,815,900 -- --
Distrito Federal 8,237,000 Mexico City open
Veracruz 6,228,200 Veracruz open
Jalisco 5,279,000 Guadalajara under construction
Puebla 4,126,100 -- --
Guanajuato 3,980,200 -- --
Michoacan 3,548,200 -- --
Chiapas 3,203,900 Tuxtla Gutierrez open
Nuevo Leon 3,098,700 Monterrey announced
Oaxaca 3,021,500 Oaxaca open
Guerrero 2,622,100 -- --
Chihuahua 2,440,000 Colonia Juarez
Ciudad Juarez
open
open
Tamaulipas 2,244,200 Tampico open
Sinaloa 2,210,800 -- --
San Luis Potosi 2,002,000 -- --
Coahuila 1,971,300 -- --
Hidalgo 1,888,400 -- --
Sonora 1,822,200 Hermosillo open
Baja California 1,660,900 -- --
Tabasco 1,501,200 Villahermosa open
Yucatan 1,363,500 Merida open
Durango 1,352,200 -- --
Zacatecas 1,278,300 -- --
Morelos 1,195,400 -- --
Queretaro 1,051,200 -- --
Nayarit 816,100 -- --
Tlaxcala 763,700 -- --
Aguascalientes 719,700 -- --
Campeche 528,800 -- --
Quintana Roo 493,600 -- --
Colima 424,700 -- --
Baja California Sur 317,800 -- --


Sources: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and various sources. Mexico state info: Mexico OnLINE (population data based on 1990 census).

Comments:
Of the 31 states and one federal district in Mexico, there are Latter-day Saint temples operating, under construction, or planned for 11. (2 temples for Chihuahua.) All are either already in operation or under construction except the large temple announced for Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

When all of these temples are in operation there will be temples in 34% of Mexican states. This can be compared to the 32 out of 50 U.S. states or the 5 out of 8 Australian states/territories which have temples (about 64% in both).

These temples will make Mexico the county with the second largest number of temples after the United States. Currently, with two operating temples, Mexico has a number of operating temples equal to Canada, Germany, and England.

Mexico currently has the second largest national Latter-day Saint population (about 800,000) after the United States, although statisticians predict Brazil will surpass it within a few years.

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