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As of September 2016, concrete forms and rebar have been set in place for pouring the foundation walls of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.
Work is progressing simultaneously on a meetinghouse and housing facility.
"This temple will be a source of hope, light and faith in God for all who come and walk here and in this field," Elder Bednar said.
"This city will always be better and different because of the temple to be built here." Stake presidencies, bishops, and their family members from 15 stakes in the Fortaleza region were invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the temple site.
During the days prior and following the groundbreaking, Elder Bednar presided and spoke at a variety of Church meetings including the Fortaleza Brazil Benfica Stake Conference, a missionary conference, and firesides for Young Single Adults and married couples.
The Fortaleza Brazil Temple is a highly detailed edifice with a single-domed tower surrounded by lush landscaping and built into a gently rising slope, offering beautiful views of the city.
Members currently travel nearly 500 miles to attend the Recife Brazil Temple, which serves 83 stakes and districts in northern Brazil.