Acorn to Oak Intro

Acorn to Oak*
On December 6, 1925 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Elder Melvin J. Ballard dedicated South America for the preaching of the Gospel. Years later, speaking of the work taking place, Elder Melvin J. Ballard proclaimed, “The work of the Lord will grow slowly for a time just as an oak grows slowly from an acorn… The work here is the smallest it will ever be. The South American Mission will become a power in the Church.”

Undoubtedly, the Church has grown by leaps and bounds – but not without its struggles. Today the Church in Argentina struggles with the public image of an American church, many unemployed and underemployed members, and a weak Latter-Day Saints (LDS) business network. Also, many young, faithful Saints have difficulty in finding a companion because LDS communities are often small and geographically dispersed.

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