Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Dedication Postponed
- May 17, 2020
The open house and dedication dates of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple are postponed until large gatherings are deemed safe, the Church announced on Wednesday, March 18.
The temple will be dedicated in three sessions with a youth devotional the evening prior. The dedicatory sessions and youth devotional will be broadcast to all units in the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple district.
The temple will be the eighth completed temple in the South American country. Brazil currently has operating temples in the cities of São Paulo, Recife, Porto Alegre, Campinas, Curitiba, Manaus, and Fortaleza. A temple in Belem is under construction, and temples in Brasilia and Salvador have been announced.
Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, a General Authority Seventy and then-president of the Brazil Area, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro temple on March 4, 2017.
“Today is a historic day for the Church in this city and in Brazil,” said Elder Costa during the groundbreaking. “Rio de Janeiro is a wonderful city, a city that welcomes all with open arms like the [Rio’s] Christ statue.”
President Thomas S. Monson announced the Rio de Janeiro temple during the April 2013 general conference.
There are approximately 1,395,000 members of the Church in 270 stakes and 2,100 congregations in Brazil.