Nikita Khrushchev’s family
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During the Cold War, Ezra Taft Benson—then U.S. Agriculture Secretary—hosted Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family during their visit to Washington D.C. in 1959. While driving to some of the Capitol’s most cherished sights, a conversation about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir came up. President Benson’s son, Reed—not allowing himself to be intimidated by the rocky Cold War politics—took advantage of the opportunity and began what turned into a 40-minute discussion about the Church and Latter-day Saint beliefs. Later, Khrushchev’s son-in-law invited Reed to “Come to Russia and do some missionary work for your Church” (Brother Paul’s Mormon Bathroom Reader, Paul B. Skousen, 2005). Reed later took advantage of this call to missionary work to send Nikita Khrushchev and his family six copies of the Book of Mormon.