PANAMA CITY, Panama — Sunday's thunderous dedication of the Panama City Panama Temple marked several historic firsts.

For the first time, thousands of Panamanian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a temple to call their own. Several years after plans were announced to build such an edifice here in the capital city, the church's 127th temple was dedicated in four sessions by President Thomas S. Monson.

And for the first time, President Monson's passport includes a Panamanian stamp. Despite serving as a general authority for more than four decades and becoming something of a globetrotter, the church's 16th president had never visited this Central American nation.

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