Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
When LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson declared April 1that the Utah-based faith planned to build a temple at a yet-to-be-determined location in Russia, thousands of Mormons gathered in the massive Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City collectively gasped. Was it delight or astonishment?
After all, Mormon missionaries there are forbidden by law to proselytize or even to wear their iconic black name tags. The number of missions has been trimmed from seven to six and permissible preaching drastically reduced to church chapels only.