Rio de Janeiro Brazil Open House and Dedication (Re)Announced

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Two years later is both a great band AND how long this temple had to wait to have its open house.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the open house and dedication dates for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. An open house will occur from Saturday, March 26, 2022 through Saturday, April 16, 2022 (except on Sundays). The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, May 8, 2022 in three sessions. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the dedication.

It has been a long road for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, which was originally slated to be dedicated on May 17, 2020. The Church had first announced the temple’s open house and dedication in mid-February 2020. Only a month later, all public Church activity would cease, including the open house and dedication of Brazil’s newest temple. The structure has since sat, standing but undedicated, for nearly two years.

This is great news for the saints of Brazil. On our most recent podcast, we spoke about the lengthy wait to dedicate the Rio de Janeiro temple, wondering if and when the COVID situation in Brazil would ease enough to allow for an open house. And here we are, mere days later!

Had it been dedicated in 2020, the Rio temple would have been the Church’s 169th operating temple. With the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple dedication only last week and the Pocatello Idaho Temple slated to be dedicated this coming weekend, the saints of Brazil will have to settle for their temple being the 171st operating in the Church. It will also be the eighth temple in operation in Brazil. with three others under construction and three more announced, including a second one in Sao Paulo that our prognosticators predicted.

The temple sits in the Barra da Tijuca, an upper-class neighborhood in west Rio de Janeiro straddling a, uh, narrow neck between the Atlantic Ocean and some lagoons. Barra hosted most of the venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

There will, of course, also be a youth devotional, but not a celebration (RIP) prior to the temple’s dedication.

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