13 January 2008
Brazilian Senate honors the LDS Church
Senator Edison Lobão, of Brazil's Senate, sponsored an initiative to officially recognize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Ultimos Dias). He called the opportunity to recognize the Church “an honor” and “a joy.” He said the Church has served “to foster the highest character of the Brazilian people.”
Mormonism has officially been present in Brazil for 80 years, when the first Church official traveled from the South American Mission headquarters in Buenos Aires to Santa Catarina, Brazil. There he set up an organization to teach the German-speaking immigrants in southern Brazil. Since that time, the membership of the LDS Church in Brazil has reached nearly one million. Brazil ranks third in the world in terms of members of the LDS Church (after the U.S. and Mexico).