“Elder Nelson Named to Religious Freedom Committee,” Ensign, Feb. 1997, 79
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was among 20 prominent religious leaders named by the U.S. secretary of state to advise the State Department on addressing human rights abuses against people of all religions. The committee’s primary goals include fostering better communication between religious communities and the U.S. government, increasing the government’s knowledge of religious minorities facing persecution around the world, and informing the public about the government’s efforts to address issues of religious persecution and religious freedom.
“Certainly, the cause of religious freedom throughout the world is an important cause that deserves our attention,” Elder Nelson said. “I’m honored to be selected to represent the Church on this committee and look forward to the privilege of this association.”