Announcement:3 April 2016
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:17 August 2019 by Marcos A. Aidukaitis
Architectural Features:Single attached central spire with an angel Moroni statue
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
"May this work be a symbol of light and a representation of the love of Jesus Christ to all," said President Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, in his site dedicatory prayer at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple held on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Hundreds of Church members and guests gathered to the site to participate in the historic services including Church, civil, religious, and community leaders. For years, faithful members have looked forward to the day when a temple would be built in their midst, having previously participated in temple ordinances in the distant cities of São Paulo, Campinas, Recife, and most recently Manaus.1
On August 2, 2019, an official rendering of the Belém Brazil Temple was published in news release announcing the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Belém Brazil Temple will be constructed in a central location to the Belém metropolitan area near the Val de Cans International Airport. The site is located on Avenida Centenário across from Bosque Grão Pará, a major shopping mall.
On April 3, 2016, President Thomas S. Monson stood at the Conference Center pulpit for his opening remarks at the Sunday morning session of General Conference. "Brothers and Sisters," he began, "before I begin my formal message today, I would like to announce four new temples, which in coming months and years will be built in the following locations." After naming the Quito Ecuador Temple and Harare Zimbabwe Temple, the Saints of Brazil rejoiced to hear the announcement of Belém, Brazil.2
Anchoring a metropolitan area of over two million people, Belém is the 11th most populous city in Brazil. Known as the gateway to the Amazon River, the city stands on the banks of the Pará River, approximately 60 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil. Church membership in the city has grown appreciably in recent years where there are five operating stakes and a total of seven stakes and two districts in the state of Pará. At the time of the announcement, the Saints of Belém belonged to the Recife Brazil Temple, which was serving over 80 stakes and districts throughout northeastern Brazil. Travel from Belém to Recife requires a two-and-a-half hour flight or a grueling 1,200-mile journey by land.
The Belém Brazil Temple will be the ninth temple built in Brazil.
The Belém Brazil Temple was announced in the 400th anniversary year of the founding of the city of Belém.
- "Abertura de Terra do Templo de Belém é marcada por forte emoção e espiritualidade de membros do Pará," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 17 Aug. 2019.
- "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.