Church History
Russia: Overview

“Russia: Overview,” Global Histories: Russia (2019)

“Russia: Overview,” Global Histories: Russia

A Brief History of the Church in


Painting of the Dedication of Russia

Dedication of Russia, by Emin Zulfugarov


As many Russians sought renewed spirituality in their lives in the late 1980s, some found answers in the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1990 these Russians formed the first Russian Latter-day Saint congregations in St. Petersburg and Vyborg. Over the course of the 1990s, other congregations were established across the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok. In 2011 the Church’s first stake in Russia was organized in Moscow.

Yet the Church’s ties with Russia go back further. Joseph Smith called missionaries to Russia in 1843, and Church leaders visited the country in 1866. In 1895 the Lindlöf family joined the Church in St. Petersburg. Starting in the 1920s, Russian emigrants translated Church literature to share with Russian-speaking people. In 1903 and 1990, Elders Francis M. Lyman and Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, respectively, offered special prayers for Russia and its people.

Russian Latter-day Saints inherited this modern legacy of faith in addition to their country’s own rich religious heritage. Moving forward in faith, they build upon this past as they strengthen each other and their communities. In their lives as Christians and citizens of their country, Russian Latter-day Saints have proven to be “example[s] of the believers” in our day (1 Timothy 4:12).

Quick Facts

Official Name: Russian Federation/Российская Федерация/Rossiyskaya Federatsiya

Capital: Moscow

Largest City: Moscow

Official Languages: Russian

Land Area: 17,075,200 km2 (6,592,800 mi2)

Church Area: Europe East

Missions: 5 (Moscow, Novosibirsk, Rostov-na-Donu, St. Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg)

Temples: 1