Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Groundbreaking held Saturday, March 4, 2017; awaiting full-scale operations; estimated to be completed in mid-2019 (no official dates announced)
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 4 March 2017 by Claudio R. M. Costa
Construction on the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple formally commenced at a groundbreaking ceremony held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, president of the Brazil Area, presided at the services. The event was streamed live via Facebook.
The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple is currently in the government approval phase. Plans for the temple were submitted in late 2015, and various approvals have been obtained. In November 2016, an environmental license was issued, which is required before construction may begin. Service projects have been held at the temple site to clear the land and prepare it for groundbreaking.
The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed on property next to a nature reserve on Avenida das Américas in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood. Barra is a beautiful development on the Atlantic Ocean that hosted most of the venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
On April 6, 2013, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple during his opening remarks at the 183rd Annual General Conference. Brazil has a population of nearly 200 million people including over 1,173,000 members of the Church. Brazil operates six temples with an additional temple announced for Fortaleza, bringing the total to eight with the announcement for Rio de Janeiro. The São Paulo Brazil Temple, the first constructed in Brazil, was completed in 1978.1
Rio de Janeiro—the location of the 2016 Summer Olympics—is the second largest city in Brazil and home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Church members in Rio currently travel approximately 300 miles (500 kilometers) to participate in temple ordinances at the Campinas Brazil Temple. The temple in Campinas serves members from nearly 100 stakes and districts spread across the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Tocantins.
A Facebook video captures the reaction of members in the Rio de Janeiro Andaraí Stake Center to the temple announcement.
The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple will be the eighth temple built in Brazil.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," 6 Apr. 2013.