LDS Church Breaks Ground on Two South American Temples

 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground on two new temples on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Arequipa, Peru.

President Thomas S. Monson announced the Rio de Janeiro Temple in the April 2013 general conference. The Rio de Janeiro temple will join the Campinas, Curitiba, São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Recife locations. The Fortaleza Brazil Temple is under construction and the Belém Brazil Temple was announced last spring, making it the eighth temple in the country.

Elder Claudio R. M. Costa of the Seventy and Brazil Area president presided at the groundbreaking, and Elder W. Mark Basset of the Seventy and second counselor in the area presidency participated.

Elder Carlos A. Godoy, of the Seventy and the South America Northwest Area president, presided at the groundbreaking services of the Arequipa Peru Temple.

The Lima Peru Temple opened in 1986, and the Trujillo Peru Temple was dedicated in 2015. A fourth temple, the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple, was announced in April 2016.

Peru is home to nearly 569,000 Latter-day Saints. Church members in Arequipa, Peru’s second most populous city, currently attend temple services in Lima, which is nearly 500 miles away.


“I have no doubt, brothers and sisters, that somehow all of us need to change something in our lives; to make a change in our hearts,” said Elder Godoy. “This is an opportunity, perhaps, to evaluate ourselves and to qualify to be here in this house with our heart turned towards God and to be more like His Son Jesus Christ.”

Elder Montoya addressed the youth of the Church in Peru. “A temple is a place of hope; it is a place where our young people can attend. Members of the Church come here and they find peace, serenity, answers and revelation.” Elder Godoy encouraged the youth to become more involved in family history. He said the Lord has provided technology to assist us in our search for our ancestors so they may receive the temple ordinances.

The LDS Church currently has 155 dedicated temples in the world.


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