Announcement:7 October 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:7 August 2021 by Adilson de Paula Parrella
Architectural Features:Single attached central tower
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:31,530 square feet | 2,929 square meters
Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, president of the Brazil Area, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Salvador Brazil Temple on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Elder de Paula Parrella was accompanied by his wife, Elaine, and joined by other guests including his counselors in the presidency and their wives, the mayor of Salvador, and other local government and Church leaders. Elder Joni L. Koch, first counselor in the presidency, offered the dedicatory prayer. "We recognize this city whose name, Salvador, refers to your Son," prayed Elder Koch. "May the construction of this holy house on this mountaintop…symbolize, for everyone here and around the world, a testimony of thy greatness and the certainty of eternal life."1 Construction is expected to be completed in 26 months.
On May 4, 2021, an official exterior rendering was released for the Salvador Brazil Temple, inspired by the Portuguese colonial-style architecture found in the historic center of Salvador. A two-story ancillary building will also be constructed with an accommodation center, temple missionary apartments, and auxiliary areas.
The Salvador Brazil Temple will be located on a bluff overlooking Av. Luís Viana (also known as Av. Paralela) in the Patamares neighborhood of Salvador. Its highly accessible location on the main avenue through the state of Bahia is located less than 5 miles from the Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport and less than a half mile from the Bairro da Paz subway station.
On October 7, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the Salvador Brazil Temple at the end of the 188th Semiannual General Conference. Brazil is the country with the third most Latter-day Saints at 1.39 million members. At the time of the announcement, there were six dedicated temples in Brazil: São Paulo Brazil Temple, Recife Brazil Temple, Porto Alegre Brazil Temple, Campinas Brazil Temple, Curitiba Brazil Temple, and Manaus Brazil Temple. The Fortaleza Brazil Temple and Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple were under construction, and plans had been announced for the Belém Brazil Temple, Brasília Brazil Temple, and Salvador Brazil Temple. The Saints of Salvador currently make a journey of 500 miles (800 km) to participate in temple ordinances at the Recife Brazil Temple.2
The Salvador Brazil Temple will be the eleventh temple built in Brazil.
- "Brazilian Saints Break Ground for Salvador Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Aug. 2021.
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.