LDS President Nelson is visiting with the faith’s members in five Latin American countries.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ tireless President Russell M. Nelson has begun another ministry tour this past Saturday. President Nelson is visiting five countries in Central as well as South America. His ministry tour will take nine days. He will travel 14,779 miles to deliver his message.

President Nelson is not traveling alone. His wife, Sister Mary Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles’ Elder Quentin L. Cook, and Cook’s wife, Sister Mary, are accompanying him. President Nelson will visit Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Guatemala.

President Nelson has flown 83,000 miles over six continents, visited 23 nations, and 37 cities since he became the President of the Church.

Patrick Mason, chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, said he is in complete awe of President Nelson’s “stamina and energy,” and it is unexpected. Even if he were sitting at a desk all day, Mason says President Nelson’s role is already tough enough. However, President Nelson has a vision of bringing the prophet to the people. President Nelson is assuming stewardship of the world as well as the mantle of the prophet. President Nelson’s trip has begun two weeks before his 95th birthday.

President Nelson visited London last year and said, the “Lord’s message is for everyone. This is a global work. Whenever I’m comfortably situated in my home, I’m in the wrong place. I need to be where the people are. We need to bring them the message of the Savior.”

Mason said President Nelson’s work would help enhance the church’s prospects as well as raise its profile. Most members of the church are lonely members. The prophet of God visiting their country to speak with them will be a huge confidence boost.

President Nelson has said while the “United States will always be important…the future of the church is the global south.”

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