President Nelson Embarks on South America Tour: 5 Countries in 9 Days
Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor
- President Nelson will visit Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil.
“I need to be where the people are. We need to bring them the message of the Savior.” —President Russell M. Nelson
President Russell M. Nelson embarks on another ministry tour Saturday, August 24—flying 14,779 miles to five countries in nine days in Central and South America.
Traveling with his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, President Nelson will visit Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil.
Since becoming President of the Church, President Nelson has visited 23 nations and territories and 37 cities, flying 83,000 miles on 6 continents.
There are more than 2.6 million Latter-day Saints, 13 temples, and 65 missions in the countries the prophet will visit. President Nelson and Elder Cook are scheduled to meet with government and religious leaders and address members and missionaries during the trip.
Speaking to reporters at the beginning of his first ministry tour in London, England, in April 2018, President Nelson explained his desire to travel internationally.
“The Lord’s message is for everyone,” he said. “This is a global work. Whenever I’m comfortably situated in my home, I’m in the wrong place. I need to be where the people are. We need to bring them the message of the Savior.”
Following is a list of locations President Nelson will visit on his upcoming tour throughout Latin America.
Guatemala City, Guatemala
There are nearly 278,000 Latter-day Saints in more than 440 congregations in Guatemala. Missionaries arrived in Guatemala in 1947. There are now six missions and two temples in the country. The Guatemala City Guatemala Temple was dedicated in 1984, followed by the dedication of the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple in 2011.
There are more than 205,000 Latter-day Saints in 246 congregations in Colombia. The country has five missions and two temples: the Bogotá Colombia Temple and the Barranquilla Colombia Temple.
There are nearly 249,000 Latter-day Saints in Ecuador. The first missionaries in Ecuador arrived in 1965. There are now five missions and one temple in the country.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
There are nearly 460,800 Latter-day Saints in more than 750 congregations in Argentina. There are 14 missions and two temples in the country.
Brasília and São Paulo, Brazil
There are about 1.4 million Latter-day Saints in 273 stakes throughout Brazil. The country has 35 missions and approximately 5,300 missionaries serving throughout. The country’s seventh temple, the Fortaleza Brazil Temple, was dedicated June 2, 2019.
President Russell M. Nelson receives a hug from children after a devotional in Asunción, Paraguay, on Monday, October 22, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.