The building of the temple in Mérida, Yucatán, was announced on September 25, 1998. It is one of twelve Mormon temples in Mexico.
A groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication were held on January 16, 1999 with Carl B. Pratt, a member of the Seventy and President of the México South Area, presiding over the dedication and ceremony. The site of the temple is 1.53 acres (6,200 m2) on the north end of the Yucatan Peninsula, near the Gulf of Mexico. The area is rich with history and the temple site is close to some of the most famous archeological ruins, such as Uxmal and Chichen Itza. There are more than 13,000 members just in Merida and many more members throughout the area that the temple will serve.