“A Gathering Place: Russian Week at the Stockholm Sweden Temple,” John C. Thomas, BYU Studies 39, no. 1
We hope that during this new year, you will find time to make temple goals and find ways to reach across social barriers. This article on Russian Saints coming to the Stockholm Sweden Temple exemplifies those attributes.
The Stockholm Sweden Temple (dedicated 1985) is well suited to assist Saints in the states of the former Soviet Union. This article tells the story of work in the 1990s for these Saints to attend the temple. It required careful negotiations with governments, making arrangements for travel, surmounting language barriers, and teaching the new converts the basics of temple procedures. Swedish and Finnish temple workers and hosts occasionally had hesitations about working with people who formerly had been enemies; the temple work had a healing effect as people became filled with love and forgiveness. This touching article shows the importance of temple work for Saints in all lands and cultures.