LDS official calls German temple catalyst for 'cataclysmic change' in Europe

The LDS Church's Kyiv Ukraine Temple is hailed as the church's first dedicated and operating in the former Soviet Union.

And celebrating its silver anniversary this year is the Freiberg Germany Temple, which 25 years ago became the first temple behind the Iron Curtain for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Both are considered sacred landmarks, the results of years of considerable effort and preparation.

But do the Mormon faithful also see the Kyiv Ukraine Temple as a starting point for future events and developments?

Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, emeritus LDS Church general authority, is one who points to the Freiberg Temple as the catalyst for not only spiritual opportunities but what he calls "cataclysmic change across Europe."

All in a half-dozen years.

And the result: "Communism overthrown without war, without destruction, without bloodshed, really," he said.

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