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Latter-day Saint Prophet Stops in Bolivia on Global Tour


President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a stop in El Alto, Bolivia, Sunday, October 21, 2018, the second country on his five-country South America ministry tour.


President Nelson spoke at a devotional at the Polideportivo Heroes de Octubre, which was broadcast to all stakes in Bolivia.

The prophet, seer and revelator of the global Church is traveling with his wife, Wendy, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Lesa. They began their ministry tour on Saturday, October 20, with a visit to Lima, Peru, where they met with missionaries and local members, as well as Peru President Martín Vizcarra and religious leaders.

Ministry Tour

The South America ministry tour runs October 19–28, 2018. So far, the Church leaders have stopped in Peru and Bolivia. They will also minister to Latter-day Saints and meet with government and religious leaders and friends in three other countries this week, including Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile. The ministry tour ends with the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28.

Global Church

There are 94 missions in South America, including five missions in Bolivia. Missionaries arrived in Bolivia in November 1964. In recent years, the Church has also sponsored many humanitarian projects in the country.

More than 200 temples are either in operation, announced, under construction or being renovated around the world, including 17 temples in South America. Bolivia has one temple, the Cochabamba Bolivia Temple, dedicated April 30, 2000.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, has more than 16 million members worldwide. There are more than 4 million Latter-day Saints in South America. More than 203,000 members in 255 congregations reside in Bolivia.

Since President Nelson was sustainedas the 17th president and prophet of the Church in January, he has traveled to many locations in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and South America

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