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Historic milestones for Church in Colombia

May 1966 — Elders Randall Harmsen and Jerry Broome of the Andes Mission arrive in Bogota and begin missionary work.

Dec. 6, 1966 — The Colombian government grants the Church legal status.

1968 — The Colombia-Venezuela Mission is created.

Jan. 23, 1977 — Colombia's first stake is created in Bogota.

March 5, 1977 — President Spencer W. Kimball visits Colombia and presides over an area conference in Bogota.

Jan . 25, 1999 — A devastating earthquake rattles the mountain city of Armenia, killing 920 people (including three Church members). The Church responds with relief supplies.

April 24, 1999 — President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates the Bogota Colombia Temple. He calls the dedication "the greatest event in the history of Colombia."

Dec. 31, 2004 — There are 146,302 members in 24 stakes, four missions and 17 districts. One temple.

Dec. 2, 2005 — The Colombian Congress recognizes the Church for its ongoing humanitarian service in Colombia. A medal of commendation is presented to Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the Seventy, who represented the Church at the ceremony.

Source: 2006 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac

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