The LDS Church History Library will host a Pioneers in Every Land lecture titled “Prophecies Precede History” on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.  The presenter will be Néstor Curbelo, a church history adviser and historian of several countries in Latin America.  This event is free and open to the public.
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 said.  Through recording numerous oral histories and researching the history of the Church in Latin America, Curbelo has seen the fulfilment 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 prior to writing about the history of the Church there.
Nestor Curbelo, a native of Uruguay, has lived most of his adult life in Argentina.  After joining the Church, he served as a full-time missionary and then began working with the Church Educational System in Argentina, while concurrently serving in various leadership capacities in the Church and later as a director of public affairs.  Since the 1980’s he has served as the Church historian in Argentina, and then in 2010 was called to be the Area Church History Adviser for all of the South America South Area, and has served in that capacity until the present time.  He recently had articles featured not only in the local pages of the Liahona in South America, but also in the October 2014 Ensign.   

Curbelo has recorded and donated over 400 oral (video) histories to both the Church History Department and BYU, accompanied by literally thousands of images of people and documents he has gathered of early Church history throughout Latin America, with particular focus on Argentina.  He has produced over 30 documentaries, many of which have aired on BYU Television International, and has published five books about the Church in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Bolivia respectively, with several more on the way.  

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 available on history.lds.org after it is given.  Most lectures from past years are also available on this site.  For more information, or to download a brochure listing all this year’s lectures, please visit history.lds.org or call 1-801-240-2272.