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Retaining Wall Removed from the Salvador Brazil Temple Site

The retaining wall that once surrounded the Salvador Brazil Temple site has been removed, as earth-moving equipment continues to shape and level the property in preparation for construction. The site will be home to the temple and a two-story ancillary building featuring an accommodation center, temple missionary apartments, and auxiliary spaces. Salvador is the largest city proper in the Northeast Region of Brazil with a population of nearly three million residents.

Earth-Moving Equipment at the Salvador Brazil Temple Site

A cluster of earth movers huddles near the entrance to the Salvador Brazil Temple site ready to further the work of clearing and grading the property. A significant amount of work was accomplished ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony held a month ago. According to a local news article, nearly an acre of land will be dedicated to environmental preservation, and extensive gardens and vegetation will cover another two acres.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for the Salvador Brazil Temple

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."

Grading Permit Issued for the Salvador Brazil Temple

Signage has been posted at the Salvador Brazil Temple site giving notice to the public of a grading permit that was issued to the general contractor on May 4, about three months ahead of the scheduled August groundbreaking. A large tree-covered bluff, surrounded by a body of water, is the prominent feature of the property, which will require substantial clearing and grading to prepare it for construction. The notice describes the project as construction of a religious temple and a two-story building housing accommodation, apartments, and auxiliary areas.

August Groundbreaking Announced for the Salvador Brazil Temple

The First Presidency has announced that ground will be broken for the Salvador Brazil Temple in August 2021. Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, president of the Brazil Area, will preside at the event. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only in accordance with local COVID-19 guidelines. There are thirteen temples in Brazil either in planning, under construction, or dedicated.