Church History
Ukraine: Chronology

Ukraine: Chronology

1925 • London, England

Andre Anastasion, a native of Odesa, Ukraine, began translating the Book of Mormon into Russian.

Ukraine: Arthur Gaeth

April–May 1930 • Subcarpathian Rus, Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovak Mission president Arthur Gaeth and missionaries Wallace Toronto and Charles Josie visited several towns in the Carpathian Mountains, delivered a lecture in Mukachevo, and met with the governor in Uzhhorod.

1980 • Salt Lake City, Utah

The first translation of the Book of Mormon in Russian, based on Anastasion’s work, was published.

1989 • Rexburg, Idaho

Members of a folk ensemble from Donetsk, Ukraine, performed in Rexburg and stayed in the homes of Latter-day Saints, including B. John and Carol Galbraith. A few later joined the Church.

October 7, 1990 • Kyiv, Ukraine

Missionaries Ivan Stratov and Brian Bradbury from the Austria Vienna East Mission arrived in Kyiv to begin proselytizing.

November 25, 1990 • Kyiv

Valeriy Stavichenko became the first Latter-day Saint to be baptized in Ukraine.

June 9, 1991 • Kyiv

The Church’s first branch in Ukraine was organized in Kyiv, with Valeriy Stavichenko as president.

August 24, 1991 • Kyiv

The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine proclaimed Ukraine’s independence.

September 12, 1991 • Kyiv

Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Ukraine for the preaching of the restored gospel.

September 17, 1991 • Kyiv

The Church’s first religious community was officially registered with the city of Kyiv.

February 1992 • Kyiv

The Ukraine Kyiv Mission was formally established.

March 13, 1992 • London

Oleksiy Roms began his service as the first full-time missionary called from Ukraine.

March 22, 1992 • Donetsk, Ukraine

Missionaries arrived to begin preaching in Donetsk, the first city outside of Kyiv to which missionaries were assigned.

November 1992 • Freiberg, Germany

A group of Church members from Kyiv participated in the first organized temple trip from Ukraine to the Freiberg Germany Temple.

December 1992 • Kharkiv, Ukraine

Church members in Kharkiv were formally organized into three branches.

February 1993 • Kyiv

Three districts, Central, Left Bank, and Sviatoshyn, were organized in Kyiv. Oleksandr Manzhos, Vyacheslav Gulko, and Valeriy Stavichenko were called as the first district presidents, respectively.

September 1993 • Kyiv

The first seminary and institute classes began.

1995 • Kyiv

Church leaders began the “School of the Presidents,” a series of weekly training meetings for branch and district priesthood leaders.

August 6, 1995 • Lviv, Ukraine

The Church’s first branch in Western Ukraine was organized, with Oleksiy Chemezov as president.

September 24, 1995 • Donetsk

The Donetsk Ukraine District was organized.

1996 • Lviv

The first Ukrainian-speaking missionaries began preaching in Western Ukraine.

January 21, 1996 • Kharkiv

The Kharkiv Ukraine District was organized with Volodymyr Ashanin as president.

July 1996 • Donetsk

Oleksandr Manzhos was called as president of the Ukraine Donetsk Mission, becoming the first mission president from independent Ukraine.

July 30, 1996 • Kyiv

The Religious Administration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine, the Church’s national religious organization in the country, was officially registered.

1997 • Salt Lake City

The Book of Mormon was published in Ukrainian.

1997 • Ukraine

Latter-day Saints in Donetsk and Kyiv observed the Pioneer Sesquicentennial with outdoor celebrations, featuring a handcart transported across eastern Europe.

January 25, 1998 • Odesa, Ukraine

The Odesa Ukraine District was organized with Vitaliy Chernega as president.

Donetsk Ukraine Meetinghouse

June 28, 1998 • Donetsk

Elder Wayne M. Hancock of the Seventy dedicated the first Church-built meetinghouse in Ukraine.

July 20, 1998 • Salt Lake City

Plans to construct a temple in Kyiv were announced.

October 2000 • Salt Lake City

Oleksandr Manzhos was called as the first Area Seventy from Ukraine.

September 9, 2002 • Kyiv

Church President Gordon B. Hinckley met with about 3,200 Latter-day Saints and guests gathered at the Palace “Ukraine” concert hall in Kyiv.

May 30, 2004 • Kyiv

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles organized the Kyiv Ukraine Stake, the first stake in Ukraine. Volodymyr Kanchenko was called as president and Oleksiy Ivanenko as stake patriarch.

2005 • Salt Lake City

The Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price were first published in Ukrainian along with a revised translation of the Book of Mormon.

August 29, 2010 • Sofiivska Borshchahivka, Ukraine

Church President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Kyiv Ukraine Temple, the first temple in Ukraine and eastern Europe.

September 12, 2011 • Kyiv

The Kyiv Ukraine Temple was named the best religious building constructed in Ukraine in 2010 by the Ukrainian Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services.

March–April 2014 • Ukraine

Missionaries were relocated from Eastern Ukraine due to civil unrest and conflict, leading to the closure of the Ukraine Donetsk Mission, then one of four missions in the country.

October 22, 2014 • Ukraine

The Church signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine to facilitate the delivery of aid to refugees from conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

February 2016 • Ukraine

The Church and the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine launched a project to assist vulnerable populations living in conflict zones in Eastern Ukraine.

February 28, 2016 • Lviv

The Lviv Ukraine District was organized with Andriy Didushok as president.

September 2016 • Ukraine

Latter-day Saints across Ukraine celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Church in their country. Church representatives took part in a scholarly round table about the Church, held at the Hryhorii Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

August 5, 2018 • Uzhhorod, Ukraine

The Uzhhorod Branch, the first branch in Transcarpathia, was organized.