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A group of Latter-day Saint leaders, members and friends of the global faith gathered in Salvador, Brazil, on Saturday, August 7, 2021, to break ground for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ new Temple.

Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, President of the Brazil Area, presided over the ceremony, and Elder Joni L. Koch, First Counselor in the Brazil Area Presidency, offered the dedicatory prayer.

“We recognize this city, whose name Salvador, refers to your Son,” said Elder Koch. “May the construction on this mountaintop be an expression of the privilege that it is to have a holy house in our lives … May the construction of this house symbolize, for everyone here and around the world, a testimony of thy greatness and the certainty of eternal life.”

In his remarks, Elder de Paula Parella said, “The word temple literally means ‘house of the Lord’… We can be blessed by that house.”

President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the Salvador Brazil Temple at the end of the October 2018 General Conference.

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