In the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in Moscow hope that the new US Ambassador to Russia John huntsman, are Mormon, will visit the Metropolitan parish.
“Arriving in Moscow, he is likely to visit the parish as an ordinary member,” said RIA “Novosti” , the representative of the Mormon Church in Moscow Elena Nichiporova.
John huntsman was born March 26, 1960 in California. At the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 he received a bachelor’s degree in international politics.
The huntsman raised in a family of Mormons, and in his youth was a missionary of the Mormon Church in Taiwan. While in 2011, Time published an article which stated that the huntsman dodged a question about whether he is still a parishioner of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints: “it is Difficult to say.” “I am proud of my Mormon roots,” at the same time, the diplomat said.
The American was U.S. Ambassador to Singapore in 1992-1993, Governor of Utah from 2005-2009. In 2009-2011 a Republican politician held the post of U.S. Ambassador to China. He speaks Chinese, he and his wife adopted a Chinese girl.
As reported on the official website of the Russian Mormons, the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints is organized just as Christ organized His Church in New Testament times. It is headed by a Prophet, who is the President of the Church. He has two counselors and together they make up the First Presidency. Help to the first Presidency the Twelve Apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ to the world. Leaders called seventies assist the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Ministry in various places around the world. Local parishes are headed by bishops. The main women’s organization in the Church relief Society.
In USA Mormons is the fourth largest Church.
The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints existed in Russia before the revolution. In 1843 the Prophet Joseph Smith blessed Orson Hyde and George J. Adams on a mission to Russia to “represent the fulness of the gospel to the people of that vast Empire.” However, a number of difficulties have not allowed this mission to take place, according to the official website of the Mormons.
In 1895, Swedish missionary August Hoglund arrived in St. Petersburg to teach Johan Lindlof, who wanted to know more about the Church. In the same year, Johan Lindlof and his family were baptized.
In 1903, Francis Lyman, one of the Church leaders, arrived in Russia and dedicated it for the preaching of the gospel. However, shortly after the 1917 revolution, any activity of the Church in Russia was discontinued.
In 1990, after many years of stagnation in the Church resumed the baptism. 26 APR 1990 in Saint Petersburg, Russell M. Nelson, an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, offered the prayer of re-consecration of Russia to preach the gospel, calling on the blessing of God for the people of Russia.
28 may 1991 after the historical performance of the Mormon tabernacle choir in Moscow and Leningrad Russian officials have announced that Church received recognition at the state level.
Mormons in Russia today is 22 000 members, seven missions, three stakes, some 100 parishes from Kaliningrad to the Far East.