Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Construction preparation phase; plans approved by local government; groundbreaking not announced
No groundbreaking date has yet been announced for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. Construction is not likely to begin until after the Summer Olympic Games.
The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple is currently in the construction preparation phase. Plans for the temple, which were submitted in late 2015, were approved by the local government in the early months of 2016. On Saturday, September 26, 2015, a service project was held at the temple site to clear the site and prepare it for groundbreaking.
Renderings of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple 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 and will host 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 over 90 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.