Belém Brazil Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking; regional choir practicing for groundbreaking
Announcement:3 April 2016
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:17 August 2019 by Marcos A. Aidukaitis
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, will preside. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only, but the proceedings will be broadcast live via the internet on the "A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias" Facebook page and the "Jovens da Igreja de Jesus Cristo" YouTube channel.
Renderings of the Belém Brazil Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
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.1
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.
- "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.