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MANAUS, Brazil — Thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil gathered for the dedication of a new temple Sunday.
The LDS Temple is the sixth in the country, but the first so deep in the Amazon. It will serve 40,000 church members from 80 congregations, some of which traveled 36 hours to their nearest temple before.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled to Manaus for the dedication.
At the dedication ceremony, a choir of Brazilians sang a familiar hymn as the first of three dedicatory services began. In his address, President Uchtdorf told the crowd that they should thank the area's pioneers, the first Latter-day Saints in Brazil became members just one generation ago.
"Who would have thought back then, that right here, on the Rio Negro there would be this beautiful edifice of a temple," he said. "So, we're grateful to be here with you on this historic day."
President Uchtdorf and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, led a procession of Church leaders from the temple to the building's cornerstone for the traditional cornerstone sealing ceremony. President Uchtdorf sealed the cornerstone with some mortar, followed by Harriet Uchtdorf, then church leaders and their wives.
President Uchtdorf invited the children, who he called the future of the faith, to pose for photographs with him, Harriet Uchtdorf and Elder Cook and his wife.
The interior designs include the colors reflective of the area. Rich greens and blues mimic those found in the river and surrounding jungle, and attention to craftsmanship in the décor and finish work, like the detailed staircases and stained glass window, shows a great deal of care was taken to make the interior a special place for members.
Craftsmanship in the décor like this table and staircase... The brides room with green and blue hues and the stained glass windows of the celestial room.
The Manaus Brazil Temple is now the 137th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.