Since becoming president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints some 19 months ago, Russell M. Nelson has journeyed to every continent save for Antarctica.
On Saturday, the 94-year-old leader embarks on yet another tour, this time a return trip to Latin America.
With wife Wendy, the travelin’ man will hit five countries — Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil — in nine days. Together, those nations are home to 2.6 million Latter-day Saints, according to a church news release.
“It’s not just numbers; it’s strength, it’s power, it’s faith. It’s almost palpable,” he said after a trek to South American last fall.
As in previous trips, the entourage — which will include apostle Quentin L. Cook and his wife, Mary — will speak at devotionals for members and missionaries, the release noted, and huddle with “heads of state and other high-level government and religious leaders.”
Nelson will get a rest from his globe-trotting on, ironically, Labor Day, Sept. 2, when he returns to Utah — just in time for a Sept. 6 gala at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City celebrating his 95th birthday, which is Sept. 9.