Fortaleza Brazil Temple open house, dedication dates announced

Open house and dedication dates for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple have been announced by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The open house is set for April 27 through May 18, excluding Sundays. The temple is scheduled for a Sunday, June 2, dedication, with a youth devotional planned for the day before on June 1.

Brazil is home to six operating temples, the first in the country and all of South America being the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple, dedicated in 1978. Other operating temples are found in Campinas, Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre and Recife. An additional temple in Rio de Janeiro is under construction, with another three planned for Belem, Brasilia and Salvador for a total of 11 temples in different stages in Brazil.

The Fortaleza Brazil Temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson in the October 2009 general conference, with its groundbreaking on Nov. 11, 2011, at the site on Avenida Santos Dumont in Fortaleza.

With the Church in Brazil since 1929, the country is home to nearly 1.4 million Latter-day Saints in 2,089 congregations as well as 35 missions.

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