Moscow Russia Stake organized June 5, 2011

The Church's history in Russia stretches back almost 170 years when the Prophet Joseph Smith called Orson Hyde of the Quorum of the Twelve and George J. Adams as the first two missionaries "to that vast empire" of Russia, to which, the Prophet stated, "is attached some of the most important things concerning the advancement and building up of the kingdom of God in the last days" (History of the Church, 6:41).

Recently one of Elder Hyde's apostolic successors, Elder Russell M. Nelson, presided over another historic moment in Russia — the organization of the nation's first stake.

On June 5, more than 1,100 people gathered inside Moscow's Amber Plaza Auditorium to participate in the organization of the Moscow Russia Stake. The new unit includes six wards and three branches. Yakov Mikhaylovich Boyko was called to preside over the stake, with Vladimir Nikolaievich Astashov and Viktor Mikhaylovich Kremenchuk serving as first and second counselor, respectively. Vyacheslav Viktorovich Protopopov was ordained as stake patriarch.

In an email to the Church News dispatched from Russia, Elder Nelson rejoiced in the creation of Russia's first stake.

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