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The public is invited to visit the newly completed Fortaleza Brazil Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The free tours begin April 27 and go through May 18, 2019, except for Sundays, April 28, May 5 and 12.
The temple was first announced by then President Thomas S. Monson in October 2009. The groundbreaking was held November 11, 2011, at the temple site located at Avenida Santos Dumont in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
With Fortaleza as the capital of the state of Ceará, it is fitting that the temple’s exterior is covered with Branco Ceará granite quarried near the temple.
The domed single spire rises over 100 feet high and is topped with the gilded statue of the ancient prophet Moroni.
Native Brazilian orchid and trailing vines are the motif throughout the temple, including the art glass, carpets and flooring, decorative painting and carved woodwork.
Walls and corridors of the temple are adorned with familiar pieces of Latter-day Saint artwork along with original native landscape scenes from northern Brazil.
The temple is part of a larger Church facility that includes a meetinghouse, an arrival center and apartments for those serving in the temple.
The Church has been in Brazil since 1929 and has more than 1.3 million members spread throughout more than 2,000 congregations in the country.
Other temples in Brazil are located in Campinas, Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife and São Paulo. Additional temples have been announced or are under construction in Belém, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellowman.