Restoration and Church History
Latvia: Chronology

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Latvia: Chronology

October–November 1903 • Rīga, Latvia

Mischa Markow preached in Rīga.

May–June 1992 • Rīga

Gvido and Velga Senkāns, Latvians who joined the Church in Moscow, moved to Rīga. Two weeks later, the first missionaries assigned to Latvia arrived and the first Church service was conducted.

June 30, 1992 • Rīga

Boris and Liselotte Schiel became the first senior missionary couple to serve in Latvia. Boris had been born in interwar Latvia.

July 25, 1992 • Latvia

Gunār Kavals was baptized at Sudrabezers, about 10 miles east of Rīga, the first person to be baptized in Latvia.

March 17, 1993 • Jūrmala, Latvia

Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Latvia for the preaching of the gospel.

May 30, 1993 • Rīga

The Rīga Branch was organized, with Oleg Syropyatov as president. The sacrament meeting was attended by 83 people.

July 1, 1993 • Rīga

The Latvia Rīga Mission was created to oversee missionary efforts in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad, Russia. Boundaries and headquarters changed multiple times over the next two decades.

March 13, 1994 • Rīga

The Rīga Branch was divided to create Latvian- and Russian-speaking branches.

June 1994 • Rīga

Sergey Moroz became the first person called on a full-time mission from Latvia.

March 19, 1995 • Stockholm, Sweden

Twenty-one Latvian Latter-day Saints participated in the first Church-organized trip to the Stockholm Sweden Temple.

March 20, 1996 • Latvia

The Church was officially recognized in Latvia.

August 3, 1997 • Liepāja, Latvia

The Liepāja Branch was organized.

June 7, 1998 • Rīga

The Rīga Latvia District was organized.

June 28, 2000 • Daugavpils, Latvia

A branch was organized in Daugavpils.

October 2000 • Salt Lake City, Utah

Gvido and Gatis Senkāns translated the temple ceremonies into Latvian.

February 11, 2001 • Rīga

Members received the first copies of the Latvian translation of the Book of Mormon.

June 27, 2002 • Rīga

The first meeting in the newly built chapel in Imanta was held.

April 2, 2005 • Salt Lake City

Gvido Senkāns was called as an Area Seventy in the Europe East Area.

2006 • Rīga

The Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price were published in Latvian.

October 22, 2006 • Helsinki/Rīga

Latvian Latter-day Saints participated in the cultural celebration for the dedication of the Helsinki Finland Temple. The dedication was broadcast to the Imanta meetinghouse.

May 5, 2007 • Jelgava, Latvia

A group of Latter-day Saints was organized in Jelgava. In October 2017 the group was combined with a branch in Rīga.

September 19, 2009 • Liepāja

Elder Gvido Senkāns of the Seventy dedicated the second Church-built meetinghouse in Liepāja, Latvia.

July 2, 2017 • Rīga

A new meetinghouse in Rīga was dedicated by district president Gvido Senkāns.

October 2017 • Rīga

Russell M. Nelson, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, visited Latvia as part of an extended Eastern European tour.