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Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple

Announcement of the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 4, 2021. This happened during the last talk of the Sunday afternoon session at the April 2021 general conference, and it was announced alongside 19 other temples.

On the same day, President Nelson uploaded a post to Twitter about the importance and blessing of temples:

At the time of the temple’s announcement, over 1.4 million Latter-day Saints lived in Brazil, with Belo Horizonte being the sixth-largest city in the country. The closest temple to Belo Horizonte had previously been the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, a travel distance of around 280 miles (around 450 kilometers).

Timeline of the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple

April
04
2021
Announced

President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 4, 2021, during April 2021 general conference. This announcement came during the last talk of the Sunday afternoon session and was announced with 19 other temples.

President Russell M. Nelson wearing a suit and tie and speaking from a pulpit.
June
17
2023
Groundbreaking

The temple’s groundbreaking ceremony will be held June 17, 2023, with Elder Juan A. Uceda, second counselor in the Brazil Area presidency, presiding. On-site attendance will be by invitation only.

A man wearing a suit coat and red tie, smiling at the camera.

The Belo Horizonte temple was announced April 4, 2021, by President Russell M. Nelson. The groundbreaking and site dedication will be held on June 17, 2023, and presided over by Elder Juan A. Uceda, second counselor in the Church’s Brazil Area presidency.

Architecture and Design of the Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple

The Belo Horizonte Brazil Temple will be a single-story building of approximately 26,884 square feet. According to an exterior rendering released Sept. 23, 2021, the temple will have four pairs of rectangular windows on the front facade and two doors under an arch for the main entrance.

Atop the temple will be a wide tower with a pyramid roof and three windows on each side. The temple is planned to be built on an 11.9-acre site, with a long courtyard in front of the entrance and palm trees and flower gardens filling the grounds.

Quick Facts

Announced

4 April 2021

GROUNDBREAKING

17 June 2023

GROUNDBREAKING TO BE PRESIDED BY
Location

Rua Professor José Vieira de Mendonça
Engenho Nogueira
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 31310-260
Brazil

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This was the 13th Latter-day Saint temple announced for Brazil. It will also be the first temple in the state of Minas Gerais.

Fact #2

It has about the same base area as the Curitiba Brazil, Denver Colorado and Arequipa Peru temples.

Additional Facts

Fact #1

This was the 13th Latter-day Saint temple announced for Brazil. It will also be the first temple in the state of Minas Gerais.

Fact #2

It has about the same base area as the Curitiba Brazil, Denver Colorado and Arequipa Peru temples.