Belém Brazil Temple
Planning and approvals; awaiting official site announcements; groundbreaking not announcedAnnouncement: 3 April 2016
The Belém Brazil Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Belém Brazil Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Belém Brazil Temple.
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 Quito, Ecuador, and Harare, Zimbabwe, 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. The Saints of Belém currently belong to the Recife Brazil Temple District, which serves 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.
1. "Four New Temples Announced by President Monson," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2016.