News Release

President Nelson Visits Europe

President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited missionaries and members throughout Europe in October, as part of the annual review of Church developments in the Europe Area. In addition, he held meetings in England, Italy, Spain and Germany to help encourage and instruct the members and missionaries. During his visit, President Nelson also attended stake conferences in England and visited the construction site for the Rome Temple. A stake is a group of local congregation units within a geographical area.


President Nelson was accompanied by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé. Hallstrom and Caussé assisted President Nelson in ministering to the Saints and reviewing the Europe Area Office. At various meetings President Nelson was also accompanied by Europe Area President Patrick Kearon and other members of the Europe Area Presidency.

“We are pleased to have President Nelson visit to review the work the Church is doing in the Europe Area,” President Kearon said. “We are grateful for the work and service given by members and missionaries that contribute to the success of the Church in Europe.”

An internationally renowned heart surgeon and medical researcher, President Nelson was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984. He was set apart as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on July 15, 2015. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Religion. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is one of the highest presiding bodies in the government of the Church. In addition to their primary responsibility to be special witnesses of the name of Christ throughout the world, the apostles oversee the development of the global Church.

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