“Saints in Spain Celebrate Church History,” Ensign, July 2008, 79
Church members in Spain will hold an extended celebration from October 2008 through May 2009 to commemorate the official recognition of the Church in October 1968 and the dedication of Spain for the preaching of the gospel. Organizers intend to involve the community through open houses and service projects.
On May 20, 1969, Elder Marion G. Romney dedicated Spain for the preaching of the gospel. A month later, the first missionaries in more than 30 years arrived—missionary attempts in 1932 failed because of restrictive laws. By 1975, 17 branches operated in Spain. The Madrid Spain Stake was formed in 1982, followed by eight additional stakes and the 1999 dedication of the Madrid Spain Temple. More than 41,000 members reside in the country.