Brasília Brazil Temple
On 2 April 2017, during the Sunday morning session of the 187th annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then-Church President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple would be built in Brasília, Brazil. The single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet, with numerous arches complementary to Brasília's famous architectural style, will be built on a six-acre site located in the northern section of the city near an arm of Paranoá Lake at SGA/Norte Quadra 612 – Lote "C". Patron housing and a new meetinghouse will also be built on the site. The sacred edifice will have a single attached central spire, two ordinance rooms (stationary), and two sealing rooms.
Project leaders have begun working with city officials on preliminary plans for the temple and have begun filing public documents. A groundbreaking date has not been set yet. On 26 February 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Brasília Brazil Temple was released to the public.
There are currently seven operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Brazil. Those temples are located in Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus Brazil Temple, Porto Alegre, Recife, and São Paulo..
A groundbreaking ceremony was conducted for the Belém Brazil Temple in August 2019. In April 2020, An open house for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, as well as a youth devotional were scheduled. The temple was to be dedicated in May 2020. However, in response to government guidelines that seek to limit the spread of COVID-19, the public open house and dedication of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple have been postponed until large public gatherings are deemed safe.
Brasília is Brazil's beautiful national capital, renowned for its unique city plan and architecture. More than 1.4 million members of the Church live in Brazil, more than any nation in the world other than the United States and Mexico. The Brasília Brazil Temple will bring the blessings of the temple closer to the thousands of members living in Brazil's vast interior. There are five stakes in the immediate Brasília area with five additional nearby stakes and more in the surrounding region.
Brasília was the fifth stop on President Russell M. Nelson’s five-country Latin American Ministry in August 2019. While in Brasília, he taught missionaries an effective way to talk about the Book of Mormon.
The Brasília Brazil Temple will be the tenth temple built in Brazil. A temple has also been announced in Salvador, Brazil.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for the Brasília Brazil Temple
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the groundbreaking date for the Brasília Brazil Temple. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held Saturday, 26 September 2020. Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, Brazil Area President, will preside at the event. Attendance at the event is by invitation only.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Brasília Brazil Temple is held
Groundbreaking for the Brasília Brazil Temple was held on Saturday, 26 September 2020. Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, president of the Brazil Area, presided at the event. He was accompanied by Elder Joaquin E. Costa and Elder Joni L. Koch of the Brazil Area presidency, along with Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights in Brazil at the event. In his site dedicatory prayer, he said, "Bless us so that we continue to strive to be good citizens who serve and bless our neighbors and to never forget the poor and needy." Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, attendance at the event was limited.