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Timeline of Church History in Venezuela (English) 05 Mar 2002

    1. In 1954, Elder Ezra Taft Benson addressed the American Chamber of Commerce in Caracas. He later said, "Who should be presiding there as president, but one of our Mormon boys from Tooele, Utah. It was a great thrill as we went from Caracas over to Barquisimeto to have the opportunity of holding a service in a hotel room with representatives of three or four Mormon families in that area and to find that they were eager to get a Sunday School started." (Conference Report, April 1955, 48-9) (History of the Venezuelan Mission by David R. Crocket)









    2. In 1964, Elder Spencer W. Kimball met with the government leaders in Venezuela. (History of the Venezuelan Mission by David R. Crocket)
    3. Carl E. Wilcox found out that his company, the Del Monte Corporation, was sending him and his family to Venezuela. The found other Saints and began meeting together in his home. (The Opening of Venezuela for the Preaching of the Gospel by Alan Manning.)
    4. Marion G. Romney, of the Twelve, dedicated Venezuela to for the preaching of the gospel. Four missionaries were sent to Caracas from the Central American Mission. (In the Beginning by Alan Manning.)
    5. More missionaries arrived in Venezuela and some were sent to Maracaibo(The Opening of Maracaibo for the Preaching of the Gospel by Alan Manning.)
    6. More missionaries arrived in Venezuela and some were sent to Valencia and some to Merida and some to Barquisimeto. The Colombia-Venezuela Mission was created with Stephen L. Brower as president.


    7. The Venezuelan mission was created with Clark D. Webb as president.


    8. Howard W. Marsh was called to serve as president of the Venezuelan Mission.
    9. The first chapel in Venezuela was built in Puerto Ordaz. President Kimball visited Venezuela. (General Conference April 1975)

    10. Elder Bruce R. McKonkie, of the Twelve organized the first stake in Venezuela. Adolfo F. Mayer was president. Alejandro Portal Campos, a Venezuelan, was called to serve as president of the Venezuelan Mission. (History of the Venezuelan Mission by David R. Crocket)

    11. The Venezuelan Mission was divided. Alejandro Portal served as president of the Venezuela Maracaibo Mission, and Dale Miller was called to serve as president of the Venezuela Caracas Mission. (History of the Venezuelan Mission by David R. Crocket). Elder Gordon B. Hinckley organized the Valencia Stake, the second for Venezuela, with the young convert, Teodoro Hoffmann as president. (History of the Church in Venezuela by Jeff Bullick)
    12. Under the direction of Gene R. Cook, Alexander Portal dedicated the first chapel in Merida.







    13. The Book of Mormon (E Buki di Mormon) was translated into Papiamento. Papiamento is spoken on the Dutch-controlled islands of the Lesser Antilles - Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire - located 20 to 50 miles off the northwestern coast of Venezuela. These islands were a part of the Venezuela Caracas Mission.
    14. Elder Angel Abrea of the Seventy organized the Urdaneta Stake. Elder Richard G. Scott of the Twelve organized the Barcelona Stake. President Kimball visited Venezuela.
    15. Venezuelans called to serve fulltime missions for the church began receiving training at the missionary training center in Mexico City. Elder James E. Faust of the Twelve created the Maracay Venezuela Stake.
    16. The Venezuela Caracas Mission was divided to create the Venezuela Caracas West and the Venezuela Caracas East missions. Elder Charles Didier of the Seventy created the Ciudad Ojeda Venezuela Stake.
    17. Puerto La Cruz and Maracaibo Centro Stakes created. Venezuelan missionaries begin attending the MTC in Bogota.
    18. All missionaries and members were reported safe and uninjured after a severe tropical storm.
    19. The Barcelona Mission was created from the Caracas East Mission. The Caracas West Mission was renamed the Valencia Mission, and the East Mission was renamed the Caracas Mission. Elder Eduardo Ayala of the Seventy created the Barquistimeto Venezuela Stake.
    20. In the last session of October conference, President Hinckley announces the possibility of a temple in Venezuela.
    21. New stakes created in Valencia and San Cristobal.
    22. President Hickley visits Valencia and Caracas. Click here to read more about his visit. Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy created the Merida Venezuela Stake
    23. An announcement is made declaring that the temple announced for Venezuela will be a small temple. Click here for more on this announcement.
    24. Ground was broken for the Caracas Venezuela Temple. Click here to read more about the temple and the groundbreaking.
    25. The Caracas Temple was dedicated by President Hinckley. Click here to read more about the temple and the dedication.
    26. The Guarenas Venezuela Stake, which includes the Guarenas, Guatire, La Rosa, Las Clavellinas, Las Terrazas and Trapichito wards, was created by Elder Robert J. Whetten of the Seventy. Click here to read the article in the Church News.
    27. Werner Hoeger, from Merida and Idaho North Stake, represents Venezuela in the Olympics as a luge athlete. So, does his son. Click here to read the article in the Church News.

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