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Latter-day Saints shared a consistent message from the grounds of the newly dedicated Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple this weekend: The work is not done.

After the final dedicatory session on Sunday of the Church’s newest temple in Brazil’s second largest city,  Elder Gary E. Stevenson echoed the same feeling.

“Temples connect heavenly families and temples connect earthly families,” said Elder Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Sitting next to the cornerstone of the temple dedicated in three sessions on May 8, Elder Stevenson looked at the people gathered on the temple grounds.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it? Just look at the people,” he said.

Many local Latter-day Saints remained on the temple grounds hours after the conclusion of the final dedicatory session. They were crying together. They were laughing together. They were planning temple visits together.

And what would Elder Stevenson suggest to them after the long wait for a temple in their city? “Never forget what you felt today,” he said.

“We love our neighbors. We love our families. We share with them. We invite them,” he said. “And hopefully with a temple so close, and attendance so convenient, we develop a regular routine of temple worship.”

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