The Brasilia Brazil Temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson in 2017. The Brasilia Brazil Temple is the 10th Temple in Brazil.
The groundbreaking of the Brasilia Brazil Temple was done in September of 2020, during the Covid Pandemic.
Dedication of the Brasilia Brazil Temple was done by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorums of the Twelve Apostles on September 17, 2023.
History was made with the dedication of three temples in the same day the Brasilia Brazil, Bentonville Arkansas Temple and Moses Lake Washington Temple. The three become the 180th, 181st and 182nd operating temples for the church, which is in its 194th year.
At the dedication of the Brasilia Brazil Temple Elder Neil L. Andersen said: “This is the house of the Lord. It is a sacred place — unlike anywhere else. It is nestled between heaven and earth.”
The architecture of the Temple is single-storied, with an area of roughly 25,000 square feet. The Temple has multiple arches around the exterior to pay homage to mid-20th century Brazilian modernism.
The clean lines, expansive cantilevers and complex curves evoke the subtle arched lines seen on sailing ships, with the temple following similar design principles to match the city’s architectural landscape.
The exterior of the Temple is made of sparkling white Brazilian marble, and reflecting pools with ceramic tiles sit in front of the edifice.
The exterior art glass is hand-colored stained glass that goes from dark blue at the bottom to light blue at the top, with cream and white accents.
The floors inside the temple are covered in porcelain and Bahia blue stone tiles, carpets made in Brazil, and Paraná white marble, which is native to Brazil.
Elder Ezra Taft Benson, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and who at the time was serving as secretary of agriculture in the United States government, was the first Church leader to visit Brazil’s new capital, during an official government trip in late October 1960.
Now as a country, Brazil has the third-most members of the Church in the world, after the United States and Mexico.