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Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking not announced

Location:  Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Announcement:  6 April 2013

Construction Status

The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase. On Saturday, September 26, 2015, a service project was held at the temple site to clear the site and prepare it for groundbreaking. No groundbreaking date has been announced.

Temple Rendering

Renderings of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.

Temple Site

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.

Temple Announcement

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.

Temple Facts

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.

"There is a difference in just attending the temple and having a rich spiritual experience. The real blessings of the temple come as we enhance our temple experience. To do so, we must feel a spirit of reverence for the temple and a spirit of worship."
—L. Lionel Kendrick

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