President Lee Visits Europe and Middle East
December 1972

“President Lee Visits Europe and Middle East,” Ensign, Dec. 1972, 83

President Lee Visits Europe and Middle East

A missionary conference, a youth meeting, press conferences, a special luncheon, and visits with the Saints were on the agenda for President Harold B. Lee and Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Council of the Twelve, as they recently made a three-week tour in England, Europe, and the Middle East.

President Lee (who was making his first official overseas tour as President of the Church) and Elder Hinckley, accompanied by their wives, visited London, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Greece, and the Holy Land.

In London, President Lee was the honored guest at a special luncheon hosted by Canadian-born Lord Thompson of Fleet, head of the world’s largest publishing empire.

Also in London, the visiting authorities met with missionaries and attended the reorganization of the London Stake, in which John H. Cox was sustained as president, succeeding Elder Joseph Hampstead, now a Regional Representative of the Twelve.

President Lee and his party also attended a youth conference in Rome.

In London, President Lee was a guest at a luncheon given by Lord Thompson of Fleet, left; Sir Isaac Wolfson is second from left.