“Church Formally Recognized in Russia,” Ensign, Aug. 1998, 76
During May of this year, the Church was officially recognized as a centralized religious organization by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in Moscow. The certificate of registration allows the National Religious Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to continue its humanitarian and missionary efforts in Russia and provide meeting places for its members.
“We are grateful to the Ministry of Justice and to other Russian officials for their prompt response to our filings for reregistration,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who oversees the Church’s efforts in Russia. “We feel the Lord has answered our prayers in this important matter.”