Editor's note: On August 6, 2020, Newsroom announced the Brasília Brazil Temple groundbreaking will be held on September 26.
An exterior rendering has been released showing the planned design of the Brasília Brazil Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The temple was announced in April 2017 by then-Church President Thomas S. Monson. It will be built on a six-acre site at SGA/Norte Quadra 612 – Lote “C” in Brasília. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet. Patron housing and a new meetinghouse will also be built on the site.
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.
Other Brazilian temples are located in Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo. Ground was broken in August 2019 for the Belém Brazil Temple. An open house for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple will begin in April 2020. A temple has also been announced in Salvador.
Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on the earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church to participate in sacred ceremonies such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity while living.
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