Stakes and districts throughout the South America South Area recently held firesides as part of the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Church in South America.
All attending the firesides received a pamphlet that included the 1925 dedicatory prayer offered by Elder Melvin J. Ballard of the Twelve when he dedicated the land for the preaching of the gospel. Pioneer members in each of the stakes and districts were also invited to share their testimonies and photos from the early days of the Church in their respective countries. A video documenting the history of the Church in South America was also shown at each fireside.
Several anniversary events are planned throughout the year in the area, including a multi-stake service project in September and a choir festival in December.