After attending and participating in the dedication of the Kyiv Ukraine Temple on Aug. 28, Elder Nelson went to Rostov-na-Donu and Moscow, Russia, Aug. 30-Sept. 2; Stockholm Sweden, Sept. 3-4; and Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 10-13. He met with area leaders and members in each of these countries. (Please see related article on this page.)
In the midst of his travels, he went to six nations in the Balkans of Europe where he offered prayers of blessings on the lands and for the people of Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosina-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia.
The blessings Elder Nelson offered upon these lands and for their people were in partial fulfillment of the Lord's declaration in 1843 to His servants: "And again, verily I say, whomsoever you bless I will bless.…" Doctrine and Covenants 132:47).
Elder Nelson said, "This is the order of the Church. In the 112th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord says the Twelve are to go out and open the doors of the nations for the gospel, which will bless their lives.
"The significance is that we turn the key so that the forces of righteousness can begin to flourish, to bless the people so they can learn the commandments of God and prosper in the land. We leave blessings of peace and harmony.