Plans for the first LDS meetinghouse to be constructed in Poland were among topics Elder Russell M. Nelson and Poland's Ambassador to the United States discussed during a luncheon meeting Dec. 14.
Elder Nelson of the Council of the Twelve had gone to Washington to deliver condolences and present in behalf of the First Presidency a $100,000 check to Soviet Ambassador Yuriy V. Dubinin for humanitarian relief in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Armenia Dec. 7. (See Dec. 17 Church News.)While in Washington, Elder Nelson met with Poland's Ambassador Jan Kinast and his wife, Krystyne; and also called on Norway's Ambassador Kjell Eliassen at the Norwegian Embassy.
Poland's Ambassador Kinast and Elder Nelson talked about plans that are under way to construct a meetinghouse in Poland during 1989. "Church members in Poland have been meeting in rented halls," Elder Nelson told the Church News. "This building, to be constructed in the Wola section of Warsaw, will be the first building in Poland built specifically for our worship services."
Elder Nelson said the ambassador noted broad changes that are occurring in Poland. "Mr. Kinast said people from the West and other areas of the world are encouraged to visit Poland," said Elder Nelson.
The meeting with Ambassador Eliassen in the Norwegian Embassy came just one day before he was transferred to serve as Norway's Ambassador to Great Britain. Elder Nelson called on him at the request of President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency.
President Monson met Eliassen last summer when the ambassador visited in Salt Lake City. During the meeting with President Monson, Eliassen expressed an interest in family history.
Upon learning of that interest, President Monson arranged for researchers who have expertise in Scandinavian records to compile numerous pages of information on the ambassador's ancestral lines. The family history was assembled in a leather binder and presented, Elder Nelson said, "as an expression of good wishes from the Church."