LDS prophet poised to launch global tour Tuesday after making historic changes to help boost international Mormonism

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

By any measure, the new Mormon prophet is an optimist.

In a move at once audacious and somewhat inexplicable, for example, 93-year-old Russell M. Nelson stood at the pulpit at the conclusion of his first LDS General Conference as the faith’s 17th president and declared that a temple would be built in Russia — even though a city, let alone a site, has yet to be determined.

Yes, Russia, that nation where the Utah-based church is no longer allowed to proselytize, where would-be missionaries cannot wear their iconic name tags and must say they are merely “volunteers,” and where the membership of 23,000 is stagnant and may even be slipping.

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