This week in Church history

25 years ago

Plans for the first temple to be built in Latin America were announced by the First Presidency on March 1, 1975, according to that date's Church News.

President Spencer W. Kimball said that the temple would be built in Sao Paulo, Brazil, making the announcement in the first general session of the first Area Conference of the Church in South America, also held in Sao Paulo.

The article reported, "President Spencer W. Kimball said the decision to build the temple . . . came because of the steady growth of the Church in Brazil."

The temple was planned to serve approximately 140,000 Church members in South America, 40,000 of them in Brazil. That total membership was 41/2 times greater than 10 years earlier.

A follow-up Church News article on March 8 said that President Kimball's announcement at the very beginning of the conference session brought tears of joy to the eyes of many of the 3,500 attending in the Anhambei Convention Center as well as nearly 7,000 more in overflow facilities.

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