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This typical warm and sunny Sunday morning was anything but typical for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple on Sunday, May 8 — the eighth temple in the South American nation of nearly 1.5 million members of the Church.

He said the temple helps individuals fulfill their divine potential as children of God. By participating in work in the temple and being worthy to be there, individuals fulfill God’s vision for them.

“Brazil now has eight temples and eight more on the way — either under construction or in the planning phase,” Elder Stevenson said.

“Why? It’s the people here,” he said. “Members congregate together, and the Lord blesses those members with a temple.”

Elder Stevenson recalled the words of President Russell M. Nelson from four years ago when he said in general conference, “After we receive our own temple ordinances and make sacred covenants with God, each one of us needs the ongoing spiritual strengthening and tutoring that is possible only in the house of the Lord. And our ancestors need us to serve as proxy for them.”

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