Fortaleza Brazil Temple
Cladding of main body of temple nearing completion; sod laid and trees planted in oval garden feature; estimated to be completed in early to mid-2019 (no official dates announced)
Site: 8.75 acres.
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 15 November 2011 by David A. Bednar
As of March 2018, stone cladding has been attached to the majority of the exterior walls of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Inside, crews are painting and installing millwork. Work is progressing simultaneously on a patron housing facility and meetinghouse.
An agreement with the local government was established in the early months of 2015, and a building permit was issued shortly thereafter. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple was held in November 2011 where the original double-tower design was unveiled, but it was later redesigned.
On May 16, 2014, the Mayor of Fortaleza, Roberto Claudio, met with Elder Jairo Mazzagardi, First Counselor in the Brazil Area Presidency; Elder Mozart Soares of the Seventy; and Alri Nogueira, a member of the Church and former Fortaleza councilman. The main topic of conversation was the temple. The mayor expressed his admiration for the Church and his pleasure with having a temple constructed in Fortaleza. He asked to be invited to tour the facility during construction and especially during the open house following its completion. At the conclusion of the visit, the mayor was presented with a Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD and with a family statue.1
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple was held on November 15, 2011. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve presided over the ceremony. "This temple will be a source of hope, light and faith in God for all who come and walk here and in this field," Elder Bednar said. "This city will always be better and different because of the temple to be built here."2 Stake presidencies, bishops, and their family members from 15 stakes in the Fortaleza region were invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the temple site. During the days prior and following the groundbreaking, Elder Bednar presided and spoke at a variety of Church meetings including the Fortaleza Brazil Benfica Stake Conference, a missionary conference, and firesides for Young Single Adults and married couples.
The Fortaleza Brazil Temple is a highly detailed edifice with a single-domed tower surrounded by lush landscaping and built into a gently rising slope, offering beautiful views of the city. Plans for the site also call for a patron housing facility, a meetinghouse, and maintenance building.
The Fortaleza Brazil Temple will stand in the beautiful coastal neighborhood of Dunas on a site located across from the esteemed FANOR, an institute of higher education.
President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of Brazil's seventh temple in Fortaleza, located in northeast Brazil, during the Saturday morning session of the 179th Semiannual General Conference on October 3, 2009. There are 13 stakes in the immediate vicinity of Fortaleza and several more in outlying areas. Members currently travel nearly 500 miles to attend the Recife Brazil Temple, which serves over 80 stakes and districts in northern Brazil. President Monson said, "We desire that as many members as possible have the opportunity to attend the temple without having to travel inordinate distances."3
The Fortaleza Brazil Temple will be the seventh temple built in Brazil.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Prefeito e líderes da Igreja de Jesus Cristo conversam sobre o futuro Templo em Fortaleza," 28 May 2014, 25 Jun. 2014
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Ground Broken for Fortaleza Brazil Temple," 15 Nov. 2011.
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Five New Temples Announced," 3 Oct. 2009.