Prophecies Precede History

Presented by Néstor Curbelo

Curbelo’s presentation will focus on the importance of prophetic insight. “That insight can provide a wider understanding of the development of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Latin America as contrasted with the world,” he says. Through recording numerous oral histories and researching the history of the Church in Latin America, Curbelo has seen the fulfillment of prophecy in the lives of faithful members through many generations. He encourages researchers and writers to examine the role of prophetic revelation in an area before writing about the history of the Church there.

Néstor Curbelo, a native of Uruguay, has lived most of his adult life in Argentina. He began his study of the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while serving as an institute of religion director in Buenos Aires and sought to add more information about the Church in Latin American countries to Church history courses. Curbelo served a mission in the Argentina North Mission.

Curbelo has written two books, Historia de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias in Uruguay and Historia de los Mormones en Argentina (translated into English by Erin Jennings as The History of the Mormons in Argentina). In addition, he has served as a correspondent for the Church News and has produced a video on the history of the Church in Uruguay up to the dedication of the Montevideo Uruguay Temple in 2001. In 2010, BYU-TV International broadcast six documentaries that Curbelo produced on the history of the Church in Latin America.

Curbelo has been the Church history adviser for the South America South Area since 1985, and from 1996 to 2005, he was the editor for news stories of local interest in the Spanish-language edition of the Church magazine, Liahona. He has also written histories of the Church in Paraguay and Bolivia.

This free lecture is part of the 2015 Pioneers in Every Land lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Limited free parking is provided at the Conference Center for those attending this event. Parking may fill quickly and is not guaranteed. As an alternative to parking downtown, please use the UTA transit system.

For those who cannot attend, this lecture will be made available on a few weeks after it is given. All lectures from past years are also available on this site. For more information or to download a brochure listing all of this year’s lectures, please visit the 2015 Lecture Series web page, or call 1-801-240-2272.