Sitting on a hill overlooking Porto Alegre from the east is the Porto Alegre Brazil Temple, the third temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil. Porto Alegre, which means “happy port” in Portuguese, lies on the eastern edge of an enormous freshwater lagoon formed by the convergence of five rivers. The temple has a view of one of these rivers and of the port.Porto Alegre, founded in 1769, is the capital and largest city of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil. The city, most of whose 1.5 million residents are of European descent, received an influx of German, Polish and Italian immigrants in the late 1800s. The first Mormon missionaries, President Reinholdt Stoof and Elder Emil Schindler, came to Porto Alegre in June 1933. By 1960 there were close to 500 members of the Church in Porto Alegre, and in 1973 the first stake, a group of congregations similar to a Catholic diocese, was organized.
RUA GENERAL SALVADOR PINHEIRO 50, VILA JARDIM
PORTO ALEGRE, RIO GRANDE DO SUL 91320-240
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