MANAUS, Brazil — On the sunlit morning of June 20, along a bank of the Rio Negro, LDS Church leaders and members participated in the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Manaus Brazil Temple.

The 86-degree weather — pleasant in the Amazon known for its warm temperatures — and a clear blue sky combined to bring even more joy to those who gathered to witness the beginning of work on the temple.

Elder Charles Didier of the Seventy, president of the Brazil Area, presided over the ceremony, which was also attended by his counselors, Elders Ulisses Soares and Stanley G. Ellis, and their wives Rosana and Kathryn respectively.

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