On 14 March 2009 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple. The intention to build the temple was announced on 16 December 2006, and the completion date will be in 2011. This will be the second temple in Guatemala, with the first being the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple. Church members have been willing to travel great distances to attend a temple, and having a temple in closer proximity is a reward of their faith.
Quetzaltenango (Xela) is Guatemala's second largest city located 128 miles northwest of Guatemala City—the largest city—in a large valley surrounded by mountains and two volcanoes. The temple will be situated on a hill in the western part of the city.