Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Temple Tuesday: Panama City
President Thomas S Monson dedicated the Panama City Panama Temple this past Sunday, August 10.
Panama has 41,640 members of the Church, in 93 wards and branches.
In 1941, the first congregation was organized for military personnel stationed in the Panama Canal area. Church membership at that time was 100.
In 1961, Elder Marion G. Romney of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave Church literature to the president of Panama, Roberto F. Chiari. When the Church was officially recognized by the government in 1965, missionary efforts began.
The first meetinghouse was completed in April 1970 on the Ustopo island. In 1989, when the Panama City Mission was created, there were 10,400 members in Panama.