New Pathway Sites Announced for Spring 2014

March 11, 2014

Writer: Pathway

The following locations will open Pathway sites in April of 2014:
Barranquilla, Colombia
Chalco, Mexico
Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
Cobán, Guatemala
Los Mochis, Mexico
Mexicali, Mexico
Morelia, Mexico
Poza Rica, Mexico
Rexburg, Idaho, USA
Rome, Italy
Rotterdam, Netherlands
São Paulo - Caxingui, Brazil
Villahermosa, Mexico
Take a deeper look into 10 of the newly announced sites
Barranquilla, Colombia
Church Membership in colombia: 180,526
Although it's dated from around 1629, Barranquilla wasn't officially established as a town until April of 1813. It became an important port for immigrants seeking a haven after World War I and World War II. Barranquilla hosts the Carnival of Barranquilla, an important folk and cultural festival and a celebration where national and foreign tourists come to see traditions that date back to the 19th century.
Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
Church Membership in mexico: 1,317,700
Ciudad Obregón is located in the Sonoran Desert and has a hot desert climate in the summer and cool winters. The city was named after Álvaro Obregón, a man who became president of Mexico after the Revolution of 1910 and introduced modern agricultural techniques that helped to make this valley one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in the country.
Cobán, Guatemala
Church Membership in guatemala: 239,734
This city surrounded by mountains and orchids was originally founded in 1543. Cobán holds a festival for Guatemala's native people near the end of July every year, and it hosts a half-marathon during the month of May where 4,000 runners participate.
By the time the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple was dedicated in 1984, membership had quadrupled from 10,000 to 40,000. It had quadrupled again by 1998.
Morelia, Mexico
Church Membership in Mexico: 1,317,700
Morelia is located in central Mexico and is the capital of the state Michoacán. The city's culture and architecture have strong colonial influences. Morelia has a population of over 590,000 and an elevation of 6,302 ft (1,921m).
Poza Rica, Mexico
Church Membership in Mexico: 1,317,700
This tropical city is an hour away from two sandy beaches, Tuxpan and Tecolutla. Because Poza Rica wasn't established until November of 1951, its buildings have a more modern architecture that gives it a contemporary look. The city has seen a large population growth in recent years.
Rexburg, Idaho, USA
Church Membership in Idaho: 422,345
A Pathway site will now be located in BYU-Idaho's back yard. While the Pathway Home Office and the university are both located in Rexburg, the city had never before had its own Pathway site. Rexburg is also the 100th domestic Pathway site.
In June 1976
the Teton Dam burst and most of Rexburg was underwater.
The community worked together to rebuild the city.
While there have been members in Italy since 1850, the work was put on hold until 1964 when the Church was allowed to resume missionary efforts. In October of 2010, President Thomas S.
Monson participated in the
ground-breaking for the temple in Rome. This will be Italy's first temple.
Rome, Italy
Church Membership in Italy: 24,970
Rome is not only the capital of Italy, but it is also the largest and most populated city in the country with 2.7 million residents. Rome has an elaborate history that dates back 3,000 years and is also referred to as the "Eternal City." The opening of this Pathway site fulfills a prophecy made by Elder David A. Bednar at his inaugural address to Ricks College in 1998, "We must learn to assist and bless institute students and other LDS youth in Rhode Island and Rome while effectively serving our students on campus in Rexburg."
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Church Membership in the netherlands: 9,247
Rotterdam, often referred to as the "Gateway to Europe," is one of the largest ports in the world. Many tourists have found that Rotterdam is a great vacation spot as it has many beaches and museums. Rotterdam is known for having compelling modern architecture, and it is home to the tallest residential and office buildings
in Europe.
Brazil has the largest number
of missions
outside of the
United States.
São Paulo - Caxingui, Brazil
Church Membership in brazil: 1,209,974
Known for its influence in art, entertainment,
and finance, São Paulo is considered one of
the top ten largest metropolitan areas in the world. The people of this city live by a Latin motto, "Non ducor, duco," which means, "I am not led, I lead."
Villahermosa, Mexico
Church Membership in mexico: 1,317,700
The Villahermosa Pathway site will be one of over thirty Pathway sites in Mexico. Villahermosa means "beautiful village," and is known for being especially stunning in the spring when the tropical plants are in bloom. As Villahermosa is very important to the oil industry of Mexico, the locals will highly benefit from the opportunity to practice speaking English through Pathway as they often do business with countries all over the world.
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