Members of the news media had an opportunity to tour the temple on Wednesday, 16 May.
Doors will open to the public from 18 May and continue through 2 June 2012, excluding Sundays. Tickets are not necessary for this open house.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 10 June 2012, in three sessions. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to congregations of the Church within the temple district.
In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 9 June 2012.
While tens of thousands of Church meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services there, temples, like the Manaus Brazil Temple, are open only to faithful Latter-day Saints after they are formally dedicated. (See the Mormon Newsroom article explaining the difference between the Church’s chapels and temples.)
Latter-day Saint temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday workship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ's teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and strengthen their commitment to serve Jesus Christ and those around them.
To view the Portuguese language version of these and other materials, please visit the Brazil Newsroom website.