Santiago, also Santiago de Chile, is the capital of Chile. It is located in the country's central valley.

Population: 6.027 million (2012)
Elevation: 1,706' (520 m)
Area:  247.5 sq miles (641 km²)
Founded:  February 12, 1541

Church President David O. McKay visited expatriate Church members in Santiago in 1954. On May 26, 1956, Chile became part of the Argentine Mission, and the first Chilean branch (a small congregation) was organized in Santiago on July 5.

The Chile Mission was organized on October 8, 1961, with 1,100 members. When the first stake (diocese) was organized 11 years later, with Carlos A. Cifuentes as president, membership had grown to more than 20,000 members.

Total Church Membership in Chile (2013)- 577,716
Missions- 9
Congregations- 622
Temples- 1
Family History Centers- 99

Chile Map

Mission Boundaries

Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile Temple

The Santiago Chile Temple (1983) was the first temple built in Chile and the second built in South America, following the São Paulo Brazil Temple (1978).  The Santiago Chile Temple was the first temple built in a Spanish-speaking country. The temple is in Santiago's Providencia district, the site of the Santiago Chile Temple is known locally as "Temple Square." Sharing the block are a meetinghouse, area offices, distribution center, mission headquarters, and a missionary training center, which doubles as patron housing. Beautiful mature trees line the front of the temple while enchanting gardens fill the grounds behind the temple accented by a water fountain.

 Robinson Crusoe Island (part of my mission)

Formerly known as Juan Fernandez after the Spanish captain who first landed there in the 16th century, Robinson Crusoe Island is the largest island in the Chilean Juan Fernandez archipelago, sitting about 400 miles west of South America in the South Pacific Ocean.

It was on this island that the sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned in 1704 and lived for four years and four months with only a musket, gunpowder, a knife, a Bible, and some carpenter's tools before being rescued. Selkirk inspired Daniel Dafoe to write the classic novel Robinson Crusoe, for which the island was renamed by the Chilean government in 1966.
Population: 843 (2012)
Area: 18 sq miles (47.9 km²)

Alejandro Selkirk Island (part of my mission)

Alejandro Selkirk Island, previously known as Más Afuera and renamed after the voluntarily marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk, is the second largest and westernmost island of the Juan Fernández archipelago of the Valparaíso Region of Chile. It is situated 145 km (90 mi) west of Robinson Crusoe Island (formerly Más Atierra, meaning ‘Farther Landward’) in the southeastern Pacific Ocean.
Population: 57 (2012)
Area: 19 sq miles (49.5 km²)

Easter Island (part of my mission)

Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.
Population: 5,761 (2012)
Area: 63.17 sq miles (163.6 km²)

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