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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization Seoul Korea Stake — the first stake in mainland Asia and the third on the continent — members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been remembering the pioneers there and also looking to the future.

The Seoul Korea Stake presidency designated 2023 as the “Seoul Stake 50th Anniversary Year,” and several events have commemorated the anniversary, including ones by the stake and Relief Society. It also was the focus of the Korea Church History Symposium, reported the Church’s Korea Newsroom.

The Seoul Korea Stake was created on March 8, 1973, by President Spencer W. Kimball, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and assisted by then-Elder Gordon B. Hinckley.

Today, Seoul is headquarters to multiple stakes, including the Seoul Korea West Stake, Seoul Korea East Stake and the Seoul Korea South Stake.

Korea Church History Symposium

During the multiday symposium, themed “A Banner to the Nations,” attendees heard from both past and current leaders June 9-10, reported the Church’s Korea Newsroom. 

“We can celebrate the sacrifice and history. We can give honor and respect to those who have gone before so they are never forgotten,” said Elder John A. McCune, a General Authority Seventy and second counselor in the Asia North Area presidency, during the symposium, which is available on YouTube.“We learn from the past so we can celebrate the future.”

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