São Paulo Brazil Temple

The São Paulo Brazil Temple (formerly the São Paulo Temple) is the 19th constructed and 17th operating temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, it was the first LDS temple built in South America, and also the first temple to use the single story, single spire design. The spire is 101 feet (31 m) tall.

São Paulo Brazil Temple
DedicationOctober 30, 1978, by Spencer W. Kimball
Site1.85 acres (0.75 ha)
Floor area59,246 sq ft (5,504.1 m2)
Official websiteNews & images
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Additional information
Announced1 March 1975, by Spencer W. Kimball
Groundbreaking20 March 1976, by James E. Faust
Open house17 January – 14 February 2004 (after renovations)
Rededicated22 February 2004, by Gordon B. Hinckley
Designed byEmil B. Fetzer
LocationSão Paulo, Brazil
Geographic coordinates23°35′06″S 46°43′22″W / 23.5851°S 46.7227°W / -23.5851; -46.7227
Exterior finishCast stone composed of quartz and marble aggregates set in white cement
Temple designSpanish influenced modern, single-spire design
Ordinance rooms2 (Movie, stationary rooms)
Sealing rooms4
Clothing rentalyes
Visitors' centerNo

History Edit

The intention to construct a temple in São Paulo was announced by the LDS Church on March 1, 1975, with construction beginning twelve months later. Hundreds of local church members gathered to clear the site, which included removing brush, weeds, and banana trees. Hundreds more members donated their time to produce fifty thousand blocks of cast stone composed of quartz, marble chips, and white concrete for the exterior of the temple. It was dedicated on October 30, 1978, by church president Spencer W. Kimball. The temple has two ordinance rooms and four sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 59,246 square feet (5,504 m2).[1]

On August 20, 2003, a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was added to the temple during an extensive renovation and enlargement project 25 years after its dedication.[2] Church president Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated the São Paulo Brazil Temple on February 22, 2004.[3]

In 2020, the São Paulo Brazil Temple was closed temporarily during the year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[4]

Presidents Edit

Former temple presidents include Helio R. Camargo (1990–93); Athos M. Amorím (1993–96); and Jairo Mazzagardi (2006–09).[citation needed]

See also Edit

Temples in Brazil

Red = Operating
Blue = Under construction
Yellow = Announced
Black = Closed for renovations

References Edit

  1. ^ Brigham, Janet (October 1978). "The Sao Paulo Temple: Story of Sacrifice and Learning". The Ensign. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Berteaux, Kelsey; Rosner, Jannalee. "10 Things You Didn't Know about the Angel Moroni Statue". LDS Living. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Assis, Fernando (January 30, 2004). "Sao Paulo temple ready for re-dedication". The Church News. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "All Latter-day Saint temples to close due to coronavirus", The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 March 2020. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.

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