The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South America between 1945 and 1960 shows growth in numbers of members and strength of those members. The church grew more than 1000 percent during those fifteen years and almost half of all South American branches came under the direction of local, native leadership. The three new missions organized were evidence of the growth being made. Church building was stepped up and Church literature in Spanish and Portuguese became plentiful.
Some problems encountered were opposition of the prevailing church, misunderstandings with government, and the inefficiency of transportation and services. Visits of General Authorities inspired members and missionaries and gave direction to the work, and new and inovative proselyting techniques were employed, such as sports and music programs, which helped the work flourish. Lamanite areas in South America that were opened were found to be among the most receptive to the gospel message.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Flake, Joel Alva, "The History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in South America, 1945-1960" (1975). All Theses and Dissertations. 4687.
Mormons, South America, Mormon Church, History