Mormon studies, Parley P. Pratt, missionary, Chile
The sacrament meeting in Santiago, Chile, was similar to most meetings held in July 1998 in LDS chapels throughout the world with one notable exception—not only the chapel was filled, but also the cultural hall, and people were standing around the edges of the seats. The ward obviously needed to be divided; however, five wards, equal in size, were already meeting in that same building. The Church simply could not build chapels fast enough to house its rapidly growing membership in Chile, one of the fastest growing LDS populations in the world. In fact, in 1999 one in every thirty-two Chileans is a member of the Church.
Palmer, A. Delbert and Grover, Mark L.
"Hoping to Establish a Presence: Parley P. Pratt's 1851 Mission to Chile,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 38:
4, Article 7.
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