22 February 2004
Dedicated 30 October–2 November 1978
by Spencer W. Kimball
Our Father in Heaven, Thou who hast created the heavens and the earth, and all things. Thou most glorious One, we Thy children, bow before Thee in this sacred house, built to Thy most holy name.
Beloved Elohim, Thou didst raise up Thy servant, Joseph Smith, a prophet, seer and revelator, and through the assistance of angels, Thou didst enable him to restore Thy glorious Church in its fullness, by the power of Thy precious Melchizedek Priesthood revealed through holy angels, who held that special priesthood when the Savior was on the earth.
We thank Thee, Holy Father, that Thou didst reveal through the prophets to build many temples in which ordinances are and have been administered for the living and the dead.
We also thank Thee, our Father, for the perfect organization of Thy Church today.
To the First Presidency of Thy Church, please reveal in great clearness and power Thy mind and will unto them in all things essential for the welfare of Thy people. Give them heavenly wisdom, abounding faith to guide them to give proper and inspired leadership to Thy fast-growing earthly kingdom.
Remember in love Thy servant whom Thou hast called a prophet this day to all mankind, whose days have been many upon the earth. Yet lengthen his span of mortal life and give him the powers and gifts, and in like manner bless his counselors in the presidency.
Give to the Twelve Apostles a rich endowment as Thy special witnesses.
Our Father, please bless the Patriarch to the Church and all the patriarchs throughout the world. Please inspire them in their blessings to Thy people of Israel. May they give to them comfort and consolation and encouragement.
Bless also Thy servants, the seventies, in their preaching of Thy word to the four quarters of the earth. May they reach the world with the gospel standard in every land, in every tongue, in all the islands and the continents.
Influence, we pray, the rulers of the nations and the governments of the earth, that the barriers that now stand in the way of the spread of Thy truths may be removed and the truths may permeate every corner of the earth and as directed by Thy Son, our Savior, that every nation, kindred, tongue and people may hear the message of salvation and exaltation.
We ask also for a special blessing upon the Presiding Bishopric. Inspire and guide them in their supervision of the temporal affairs of Thy Church.
Bless, we pray Thee, all the zone advisers, area supervisors, Regional Representative, and stake and mission presidencies and bishoprics. May they deal justly in mercy.
Bless abundantly, O Lord, the high priests, seventies and elders as Thou hast called them as presidents, counselors, bishops, members of high councils, and in all offices to which their priesthood and calling gives them the right to serve.
Bless the priests, teachers and deacons, that all may diligently perform their parts in the glorious labors Thou has called the Aaronic Priesthood holders to bear.
Wilt Thou richly endow all the sisters with the spirit of their exalted callings and responsibilities. So, also, in their various needs, confer precious gifts of wisdom, faith and knowledge upon them.
Prosper all the institutions in our midst for the well-being of our children, the Church schools, seminaries and institutes, and the auxiliary organizations. May their membership be increased so that from their earliest years our children may be diligently brought up in the ways of the Lord.
Remember Thy missionaries who are proclaiming the saving truths revealed for man''s redemption to the millions now overshadowed by deep spiritual darkness. Bless them with the powers of their ministry.
Our Father, may peace abide in all the homes of Thy Saints. May holy angels guard them. May prosperity shine upon them and sickness and disease be rebuked from their midst. May their land be made fruitful. May the waters be pure and the climate tempered to the comfort and well-being of Thy people.
Bless the poor of Thy people, that the cry of want and suffering may not ascend unto Thy Saints.
We thank Thee that Thou didst bring Father Lehi and his family to this land of promise and Thou didst establish Thy people, the Nephites and the Lamanites and their Book of Mormon.
Lord, we regard with intense and indescribable feelings the completion of this holy temple. Please accept and bless it with holiness.
We are jubilant and have hearts filled with praise to Thee that Thou hast permitted us to see this day for which we have hoped and toiled and prayed. We dedicate unto Thee this sacred house which we have built to Thy most glorious name.
Today we dedicate this holy temple unto Thee, with all that pertains unto it, that it may be a house of prayer, a house of praise and of worship; that Thy glory may rest upon it; that Thy holy presence may be continually in it; that it may be the abode of Thy beloved Son, our Savior; that angels who stand before Thy face may be the hallowed messengers who shall visit it.
We pray that all who enter the threshold of this, Thy house, may feel Thy power and be constrained to acknowledge that Thou hast sanctified it, that it is Thy house, a place of holiness.
We pray Thee, Heavenly Father, to accept this building in all its parts from foundation to the steeple that graces the highest point.
We pray Thee to bless the walls, partitions, floors, ceilings, roofs, the elevators, stairways, doors, windows and other openings, all things connected with the lighting, heating, and sanitary apparatus, the connecting pipes and wires, and all articles used in or connected with the holy ordinances administered here. Bless the veils and the altars, the baptismal font and the oxen on which it rests, and all that pertains thereto, washstands and basins.
Also bless, O Father, the safes and vaults and the records themselves, and books, documents, and papers appertaining to the temple.
We pray Thee to bless all the furniture, seats, locks and fastenings and all other appliances and appurtenances found in this temple and annexes and all ornamentation thereon, the painting, the gilding and bronzing, the fine work in wood and metal of every kind, the embroidery and needlework; the iron and all other metals and stones.
O Lord, we pray Thee to bless and sanctify the whole ground on which these buildings stand, the walls and fences, the walks, paths, the trees, plants, flowers and shrubbery that grow in this area. May their beauty add sacredness and holiness to this temple program.
Preserve these buildings, we beseech Thee, from every destructive element, destruction by flood or fire or earthquake.
Bless, Heavenly Father, Thy servant, the temple president, and those associated with him. Endow them all richly with the spirit of their callings and with the gift of discernment.
Bless all who are associated with him in the performance of the ordinances - baptisms, confirmations, washings, anointings, sealings, endowments, and ordinations, that all may be holy and acceptable unto Thee, our Heavenly Father.
Bless also, in their several callings, the recorders, the engineers, the watchmen.
Remember also in Thy mercy all those who have labored in the erection of this house, or who have, in any way, by their means or influence, aided in its completion.
Confirm upon us the Spirit of Elijah, we pray Thee, that we may redeem our dead and also connect ourselves with our fathers back to the beginning in indissoluble links welded by the holy priesthood.
Almighty Father, increase within us the power of faith, strengthen us by the memories of the glorious deliverances of the past.
And now, our Father, we praise Thee; we glorify Thee; we worship Thee. Day by day we shall magnify Thee and give Thee thanks. We pray Thee in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Our Savior, to hear these, our humble petitions, and answer us from heaven, and accept this holy house and all that pertains to it and bless it and protect it. We dedicate it to Thee with all our love and devotion in Thy purposes in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, amen and amen and amen.
30 October–2 November 1978
Rededicated 22 February 2004
by Gordon B. Hinckley
Lord God Omnipotent, Thou Great Elohim, on this beautiful Sabbath morning we meet in this sacred temple and in many chapels throughout this great nation of Brazil and abroad.
Twenty-five years ago, this structure was first dedicated as Thy holy house, the first temple on this vast continent. To the beautiful prayer offered on that occasion by Thy servant, President Spencer W. Kimball, we add our words of rededication. This is occasioned by the necessity to completely renovate, remodel, and refurbish the structure.
And so, acting in the authority of the holy Melchizedek priesthood and in the name of Thy Beloved Son, our Redeemer, even the Lord Jesus Christ, we dedicate and rededicate this the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We rededicate the grounds on which it stands with the vegetation and decorative fittings thereon. We rededicate the structure from the footings to the steeple with its crowning figure of Moroni. We rededicate the walls, the windows, the doors and the roof. We rededicate all of the rooms, the halls and other spaces, with their furnishings and features, including the baptistry.
This extensive work has been made possible by the consecrations of Thy faithful Saints throughout the world. Accept this our offering, given in love unto Thee, we humbly pray. We consecrate it to Thy work and Thy glory in bringing "to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). We recognize that all of the ordinances and activities administered and undertaken in this Thy house are concerned with matters of eternal life.
O Beloved Father, how glorious is Thy work, how wondrous Thy "great plan of happiness" (Alma 42:8), as revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Under this plan we lived with Thee in a pre-mortal state. Thou hast given us the opportunity of mortality where we may prove our faithfulness. Death is a part of this divine plan, not to be feared, but to be regarded as a forward step on our immortal journey to everlasting life again in Thy presence.
Under the ordinances of this house, we are bound in covenants with Thee both sacred and sublime.
Father, we are so deeply grateful for this Thy temple. We thank Thee for the priesthood under which it will operate. We thank Thee for the dedicated servants who will labor here. We are grateful for the many faithful Saints who will come to this house as patrons. Bless each one, we humbly pray.
Bless the youth who enter the waters of baptism in behalf of those beyond the veil. May their service, freely given, build within them a spirit of unselfishness and also a resolution to stand against the siren call of the world and its wickedness.
May "the solemnities of eternity" (D&C 43:34) rest upon Thy people who serve in this Thy house. Give unto them a vision supernal of the importance, yea, the necessity of the work to be done here.
We repeat what was spoken by the Prophet Joseph in Kirtland: Let "thy glory rest down upon thy people, and upon this thy house that it may be sanctified and consecrated to be holy, and that thy holy presence may be continually in this house;
"And that all people who shall enter upon the threshold of the Lord''s house may feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness.
"And that this house may be a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of glory and of God, even thy house;
"And that no unclean thing shall be permitted to come into thy house to pollute it" (D&C 109:12-13, 16, 20).
We invoke Thy blessings upon the temple presidency and the matron and her assistants, and upon all who give of their time and strength in selfless service within these hallowed walls.
We petition Thee that Thou wilt pour out blessings upon Thy people throughout all the earth, upon all who walk in faith and virtue before Thee. Open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. Grant unto them Thy protecting and watchful care. Safeguard them from the flood of iniquity that appears to be washing over the world. Bring joy and gladness and peace into their hearts, and security into their homes.
Dear Father, bless those who are called to positions of responsibility in Thy great Church and kingdom. Grant unto them strength and health and energy to accomplish that which is expected of them. Reveal unto them Thy mind and will, that Thy people may be led in paths of righteousness and truth. Watch over their families. Bless Thy Church that it may come to be recognized across the earth, as the embodiment of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is verily Thy kingdom in the earth, and we pray that it may "shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners" (D&C 109:73).
Father, bless this nation of Brazil that the liberties of the people shall be maintained and that peace in the land shall be preserved and strengthened.
Now, as Thy humble servants who love Thee and who love Thine Only Begotten Son, we give thanks and lay our petition before Thee in worship and supplication, and do it all in the name of the Savior of the world, even the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen and amen.