New Temples Announced: Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 9, 2013
Salt Lake City - Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced plans to build temples in Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today during the Saturday morning session of the faith’s 183rd Annual General Conference. Exact locations of the temples will be announced at a later date.
Cedar City, Utah
The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the 17th in Utah, including the announced Payson Utah and Provo City Center Temples as well as the Ogden Utah Temple which is currently under renovation. There are nearly two million Church members in Utah.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil is home to nearly 200 million people including over 1,173,000 members of the Church. Brazil is home to six operating temples, with an additional temple announced for Fortaleza Brazil, bringing the total to eight with today’s announcement. The São Paulo Brazil temple, the first in Brazil, was completed in 1978.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider temples to be the “house of the Lord,” the most sacred places on earth. Unlike meetinghouses, where Sabbath worship and weekly activities take place, temples are open throughout the week and closed on Sundays.
Temple attendance strengthens Latter-day Saints in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ. In the temple, sacred ceremonies connect families forever and explain God’s plan for His children.
As more temples are built, many thousands of people have greater access to temple worship. However, many people still have to travel long distances at great expense. Donations to the Temple Patron Fund assist those who can least afford to go on what for many will be one of the most important journeys of their lifetime.
Construction workers have placed a 13-foot statue of the angel Moroni on the Provo City Center Temple, marking another milestone for the transformation of the former Provo Tabernacle into a temple. The statue is on the center tower 160 feet from the ground.