Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be traveling to Latin America at the end of August to deliver ministry devotionals to members and nonmembers alike, according to the church's website.
President Nelson will be accompanied by his wife, Wendy Nelson, Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Mary Cook, Elder Cook’s wife, according to the news release. They will visit five countries over the course of nine days, between Aug. 24 and Sept. 2.
The faith leaders intend to visit Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina. The area boasts more than 2.6 million Latter-day Saints, the news release said and is home to 13 temples and 65 missions collectively.
Local government and religious leaders, along with members, missionaries and friends, will meet with President Nelson and Elder Cook, according to the news release. Their itinerary is as follows:
Aug. 24: Guatemala City, Guatemala
This meeting will be broadcast to all 440 congregations throughout Guatemala, the news release said. The country has 278,000 Latter-day Saints, six missions and two temples.
Aug. 25: Bogotá, Colombia
The faith leaders will speak at a devotional in Bogotá to be broadcast to meetinghouses around Colombia, the news release said. There are five missions, two temples and more than 205,000 Latter-day Saints in the country.
Aug. 26: Quito, Ecuador
A Monday evening devotional will be held in Quito, according to the newsroom. The country has five missions, one temple and nearly 249,000 Latter-day Saints.
Aug. 28: Buenos Aires, Argentina
An evening devotional will be broadcast throughout Argentina to the nearly 460,800 Latter-day Saints in the country, according to the newsroom. Argentina contains 14 missions and two temples.
September 1: São Paulo, Brazil
The ministry visits to Latin America will conclude when the Nelsons and the Cooks visit São Paulo for an afternoon devotional that will be broadcast to all congregations in Brazil, according to the newsroom. Nearly 1.4 million Latter-day Saints live in Brazil, with six temples and 35 missions. The prophet plans to meet with missionaries while in the country, and a broadcast of that meeting will go to all missions in Brazil.
Follow full coverage of the ministry here.