Latter-day Saint apostles Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Neil L. Andersen have finished a week-long tour of Europe visiting fellow Church members that concluded June 7. For many Church members, this was their first time meeting a General Authority.
According to LDS Newsroom the tour included stops in Kiev, Ukraine, Moscow, Russia and London, England. The meeting with Church members in Kiev was greatly anticipated, especially for Anna Chigir, a Ukrainian Latter-day Saint.
“I was so excited and canceled everything so I could be here,” said Chigir. “He is an apostle and a servant of God and we don’t see apostles in our country very often.”
The Kiev meeting discussed the growth of the Church in that country, as well as the nearly completed Kiev Ukraine Temple which began construction two years ago this month. According to www.lds.org, the Ukraine has nearly 10,000 members of the Church.
In Moscow, Uchtdorf and Andersen visited the Central Baptist Church, where in 1959, late LDS Church President Ezra Taft Benson boldly bore witness of Christ.
“I know that God lives,” Benson said. “He is our Father. Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World, watches over this earth. He will direct all things. Be unafraid, keep His commandments, love one another, pray for peace and all will be well.”
At a time when the Communist-controlled Soviet Union discouraged and persecuted Christians, the words of the then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture brought tear-filled hope and comfort to those in the congregation. Today, both Baptists and Latter-day Saints can enjoy the freedom of worship in Russia and share in the mutual faith of Jesus Christ.
In London’s Hyde Park Chapel, Uchtdorf and Andersen addressed Latter-day Saints in several meetinghouses across the United Kingdom and Ireland via satellite broadcast. During the broadcast that covered a number of different topics, Uchtdorf addressed the current economic downturn, felt by millions across the world.
“We do not have to fear,” Uchtdorf said. “Let us not be guided by our fears. At a time [when] economic or moral challenges in the world like to take their toll in individual lives, we have to remember that God is with us and we do not have to fear. We do not have the spirit of fear but of hope and of power.”
While European Church members enjoyed the visits from the Church leaders, students at BYU-Idaho were also edified when President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the Church spoke in devotional June 9. Speaking about Eyring’s visit, Kacey Alleman, a sophomore from Lewisville Texas commented.
“I love hearing the apostles speak to us,” Alleman said. “President Eyring brings such a wonderful spirit here to BYU-Idaho. It’s such a blessing to hear the inspired words of the Prophets of God.”
scroll news staff