News Release

Open House for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Postponed

The article below was first published February 12, 2020. On March 18, the Church announced that the open house and dedication of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple are postponed until large public gatherings are deemed safe. See this announcement on the Brazil Newsroom.


The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the dates of the open house for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. The public is invited to tour the temple from Friday, April 17 through Saturday, May 2, 2020, except for the Sundays of April 19 and 26.


Also announced are the dates for the temple’s dedication and youth devotional. The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple will be dedicated on Sunday, May 17, 2020, in three sessions, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Latter-day Saint youth will gather in a nearby Church meetinghouse for a devotional the evening prior to the dedication on Saturday, May 16. Both the devotional and dedication will be broadcast to meetinghouses within the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple district.

Other Brazilian temples are located in Campinas, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo. Ground was broken in August 2019 for the Belém Brazil Temple. Temples have also been announced in Salvador and Brasília.

Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord” and the most sacred places of worship on the earth. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses (chapels). All are welcome to attend Sunday worship services and other weekday activities at local meetinghouses. The primary purpose of temples, however, is for faithful members of the Church to participate in sacred ceremonies such as marriages which unite families forever and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity while living. Find out more about temples.

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