The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia

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As of January 1, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 19,946 members in 13 districts, 116 branches,[1] and 7 missions in Russia.[2]


In 1843, Joseph Smith called two missionaries, George J. Adams and Orson Hyde, to serve in Russia, but their mission was called after the death of Joseph Smith. In 1887, Joseph M. Tanner reportedly baptized some Russians in Jaffa, Palestine, who then emigrated to Utah. In 1895 August Höglund, a Swedish native, became the first missionary to proselyte in Russia, where he converted the family of Johan M. Lindelof.[3][4]

Starting in July 2016, anti-terror laws passed in Russia prohibit most religious proselyting. Missionaries in Russia are thus referred to as "volunteers."[5]


As of November 15, 2015, Russia has three stakes.




189. Russia (Announced) edit


April 1, 2018
Announced by Russell M. Nelson on April 1, 2018[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LDS Meetinghouse Locator. Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  2. ^ "Facts and Statistics: Statistics by Country: Russia", Newsroom, LDS Church, 31 December 2011, retrieved 2012-11-24
  3. ^ "Country information: Russia". LDS Church News. February 1, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Nechiporova, Elena. "Russia - Facts and Statistics". Mormon Newsroom. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Woodruff, Daniel (July 19, 2016). "In light of new law, LDS missionaries in Russia now called "volunteers"". KUTV. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Moscow Russia Stake organized June 5, 2011", Church News, Deseret News, June 11, 2011, retrieved 2012-11-24
  7. ^ "Church leaders visit with heads of state", Church News, Deseret News, Sep 27, 2012, retrieved 2012-11-24
  8. ^ "Seven Temples Announced as April 2018 General Conference Closes: Mormon temples to be built in Asia, Europe, North and South America". Newsroom. LDS Church. 1 April 2018.


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