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LDS Church announces itinerary for prophet’s global ministry tour, including stop in Jerusalem

By Genelle Pugmire daily Herald - | Mar 23, 2018
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President Russell M. Nelson and his wife Wendy Nelson. Courtesy

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, waves goodbye to the crowd after the morning session of the 187th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

It has been previously announced that following general conference March 31-April 1, President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and their wives Wendy Nelson and Patricia Holland, will leave on an 11-day global ministry tour.

On Friday the LDS Church announced the itinerary for that trip. The couples will visit eight cities from April 10 to 23.

According to a church press release, “The Mormon faith leaders are scheduled to meet with members and missionaries, along with other visits.”

They will stop at the following locations:

Thursday, April 12: London, England.

“A meeting will be held in London Thursday evening, April 12, which will be broadcast to Church meetinghouses in the United Kingdom and Ireland,” according to the church press release.

“This is a ticketed event and tickets are being distributed. The Church has about 186,000 members in the UK and nearly 4,000 members in Ireland. The first missionaries to go overseas were sent to Britain in 1837, only seven years after the Church was founded. There are nearly 512,000 Latter-day Saints in Europe.”

Saturday, April 14: Jerusalem, Israel

“A conference will be held with Latter-day Saints in the Holy Land,” according to the church. “The Church has four congregations with about 260 members in Israel. Jerusalem is home to the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center. Visits to Jerusalem historic sites are also planned.”

Monday, April 16: Nairobi, Kenya

“The Church leaders will participate in a meeting that will be broadcast to all Latter-day Saint congregations in Kenya,” the church said. “The first African converts in Kenya were baptized in 1979. There are now more than 13,000 members in Kenya. Church membership is growing in Africa, where about 540,000 members reside.”

Tuesday, April 17: Harare, Zimbabwe

“Meetings will be held with missionaries and members in Zimbabwe,” according to the church. “A devotional will be broadcast to all Latter-day Saint congregations in that African country.

Nearly 30,000 Latter-day Saints call Zimbabwe home. Missionary work began in what was then Southern Rhodesia in the early 1930s.”

Thursday, April 19: Bengaluru, India

“Church leaders will meet with members and missionaries in India. More than 13,000 members in more than 40 congregations live in India,” according to church information. “Unofficial missionary work in India dates to the 1850s. The first meetinghouse in India was dedicated in February 2002.

There are more than 1.1 million Latter-day Saints in Asia.

Friday, April 20: Bangkok, Thailand

“A meeting will be held for members in Thailand. Regular worship services were authorized in 1961, and President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the country for the preaching of the gospel in November 1966. More than 21,000 Latter-day Saints live in Thailand, where there are 40 congregations,” the church statement said.

Saturday, April 21: Hong Kong

“A meeting with Latter-day Saints is planned in Hong Kong. Missionary headquarters were established in Hong Kong in 1949, where there are now nearly 25,000 members in 41 congregations. A temple was completed in 1996,” according to the church.

Sunday, April 22: Honolulu, Hawaii.

“The global ministry tour finishes in Hawaii with a meeting on the campus of Brigham Young University-Hawaii in Laie. Hawaii is home to 74,000 Mormons and two temples, located in Laie on Oahu’s North Shore and Kona, Hawaii.

Mormonnewsroom.org will provide coverage of the trip, including video and photos, of these events, the press release said.

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