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Manaus Brazil Temple: 'A place of much peace and beauty'

Community welcomes new addition during open house

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MANAUS, BRAZIL

Some 42,000 people visited the Manaus Brazil Temple during its open house May 15-June 2.

On May 15, the first visits; by construction workers who brought their families to show what they had been building and community members who had watched the construction work step by step; had some emotional moments.

The newly constructed Manaus Brazil Temple is the sixth temple in Brazil and will serve members of t
The newly constructed Manaus Brazil Temple is the sixth temple in Brazil and will serve members of the Church of the entire northern region of the country. Building this temple cuts travel time” some traveling 36-hours by bus” for faithful members to worship in a House of the Lord. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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On May 16 and 17, it was the turn of the media and public figures, including politicians, entrepreneurs, media executives, public leaders, religious leaders, nuns, reporters and editors. From May 18 to June 2, the temple was open to the whole community.

The Manaus temple will be attended by members of the Church of the entire northern region of Brazil, and joins the list of five other temples located in Brazil: Sao Paulo, Recife, Porto Alegre, Campinas and Curitiba. The seventh temple will be constructed in the city of Fortaleza.

The Manaus temple is of important value for Latter-day Saints of the region. In the city, the work of the Church began in 1967 and the first LDS congregation was organized in 1978. Continuous growth led to the organization of the first stake in 1988.

Over the years, the members of the Church who desired to go to the temple traveled seven days by boat and eight by bus to attend the Sao Paulo temple, the first temple in Brazil. After many years, they started to attend the Caracas Venezuela Temple, a 36-hour trip by bus. Now, the temple is here, nearby, as a great a blessing.

Elder Claudio R.M. Costa with Arch bishop Dom Luis.
Elder Claudio R.M. Costa with Arch bishop Dom Luis. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

Speaking to hundreds of volunteers in a training meeting a few days before the open house began Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the Seventy and president of the Brazil Area, said: "This is a historical moment. I have spoken of your sacrifice in more than 32 countries that I visited as a General Authority. Your example of temple attendance is noteworthy. Now, the House of the Lord is here in this city."

Local television station interviews Elder Claudio R.M. Costa.
Local television station interviews Elder Claudio R.M. Costa. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.
Local media interview  Elder Jairo Mazzagardi of the Seventy and first counselor in the Brazil Area
Local media interview Elder Jairo Mazzagardi of the Seventy and first counselor in the Brazil Area about the new Manaus Brazil Temple. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elder Jairo Mazzagardi with TV Globo.
Elder Jairo Mazzagardi with TV Globo. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

The exterior of the Manaus temple is coated with White Paris Granite. The interior is decorated with what is appropriate for a holy place. Its stained glass illuminates the interior, giving it the appearance of warm natural light for most of the day. Those who visited had the opportunity to walk through the interior and learn about the significance of the work to be performed there.

All the local media were present and were received by members of the Area Presidency. Early in the morning of May 16, Elder Costa, visited the studio of Radio CBN and gave a live interview for journalist Marcos Santos. The night before, Mr. Santos, who lives in the neighborhood, had visited the temple with his family and friends. During the interview Elder Costa had the opportunity to invite the community to visit the temple; he also explained about the work performed in the temple. The program's host told his listeners over the air, "I have been in the temple and, truly, it is worth the visit. It is a place of much peace and beauty."

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi with TV Globo.
Elder Jairo Mazzagardi with TV Globo. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.
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Elder Jairo Mazzagardi of the Seventy and second counselor in the Area Presidency, was interviewed for TV Globo, and Elder Carlos Godoy, first counselor in the Area Presidency, was interviewed by SBT. Also present were representatives of newspapers and websites, such as A Critica and G1.

Please add caption Tuesday, June, 5, 2012, Ryan Morgenegg, Church News
Please add caption Tuesday, June, 5, 2012, Ryan Morgenegg, Church News | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

Besides the media, many public figures visited the temple, including Dom Luis Soares Vieira, Archbishop of the Catholic Church; Serafim Correa, former mayor who authorized the construction of the temple when he was mayor; Deputy Ricardo Nicolau of the legislative assembly; and leaders of the Baptist church, a communications entrepreneur, legislators, senators and others.

A group of nuns came to visit the temple during the open house.
A group of nuns came to visit the temple during the open house. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

Dom Luis Vieira has worked to create a partnership with the Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in helping those who lost their homes in the floods of the region. Elder Costa involved the humanitarian aid program of the Church and within a few days, the Church donated water filters, food and cleaning supplies. More than 700 kits were donated in partnership with the charities of the Catholic Church.

Elder Carlos A. Godoy speaks with SMT media.
Elder Carlos A. Godoy speaks with SMT media. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.
Elder Claudio R.M. Costa on CBN radio.
Elder Claudio R.M. Costa on CBN radio. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.
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Throughout the days of the open house, many buses arrived full of members and friends of the Church wanting to find out about the Manaus temple. Through working with the public schools of some of the local regions of the city, many students visited the site with their teachers and principals. On Saturdays, normally more than 5,000 people visited the temple.

Church and community members wait outside during the public temple open house held May 15-June 2.
Church and community members wait outside during the public temple open house held May 15-June 2. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

Jo? Roberto Martins Silva of the local temple committee, commented that the open house was a memorable experience: "I could not have gone through this life without participating in the temple open house. It was wonderful to work with these people of faith and love, a unique experience."

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He participated when the Sao Paulo temple opened in 1978 and, as an Area Seventy, was the coordinator of the rededication committee of the Sao Paulo temple in 2004.

Many Latter-day Saints traveled long distances to attend the open house. For example, members from Maues, Itacoatiara and Teffe traveled by boat for two to three days — a personal and familial sacrifice to see the House of the Lord. It was common to see people emotional, with tears in their eyes, at the end of the visit.

Please add caption Tuesday, June, 5, 2012, Ryan Morgenegg, Church News
Please add caption Tuesday, June, 5, 2012, Ryan Morgenegg, Church News | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

Adonai Lago served his mission in Manaus at a time when they had only a district in the city. Today, he works in the Church Educational System and lives in Manaus. He and his family served voluntarily throughout the entire open house. Of each day served he said, "All this to me is a reason for great joy, to join with other members and work so that this moment can bring about the progression of the Lord's kingdom in this city of people with hearts so open."

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Simone Lago, who served as a guide during the open house, expressed in these words her feelings: "There were very special moments, to see the interest of those who had never entered the House of the Lord, to be able to share the same spirit and see the truths that are taught there be understood, clarified and accepted by many. It was a unique experience to feel the Holy Ghost testify these truths in that moment. I saw many tears shed and had to contain my own many times, for I still had a lot to show the visitors, as a guide. I felt the love of the Father for me and for all the people of Manaus. The seed of the gospel was planted in the hearts of many visitors. I know that we harvested much fruit. I love this gospel and every opportunity that is given me to reach my purpose in this life. I love the House of the Lord, and through the temple I am brought close to my Savior."

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Elder Claudio R.M. Costa on CBN radio.
Elder Claudio R.M. Costa on CBN radio. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

President Wilson de Melo of the Manaus Solimoes Stake, spoke to the volunteers, after the doors to the open house were closed on the night of June 2, and said: "I don't have the words to thank every one of you for your dedication and work. These days will never leave our memories. Thank you so much."

Elder Claudio R.M. Costa with Arch bishop Dom Luis.
Elder Claudio R.M. Costa with Arch bishop Dom Luis. | Intellectual Reserve Inc.

After this open house period, the members now await June 9, when they will have the cultural celebration that will have 1,100 participants in nine dances, with regional music and much joy. There will also be a choir of a thousand voices. Then, the next day, Sunday, June 10, this historical moment for Manaus and for the Church in Brazil will be finalized with three dedicatory sessions of the Manaus Brazil Temple.

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