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Almost a quarter of a century ago, on May 10, 1993, President Russell M. Nelson addressed a large crowd—which included very few Latter-day Saints—in Minsk, Belarus.

The following day, he offered a prayer on the land and the people of Belarus, a country of 2 million located between Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.

Four days later Mikhail Davydik—who had heard President Nelson speak less than a week before—entered the waters of baptism with his wife and family.

Today, he is president of the Minsk Belarus District and a former mission president.

During a recent trip to Eastern Europe October 13 through October 22, President Nelson reconnected with President Davydik—a faithful pioneer member in Belarus.

The visit marked the first time an Apostle had visited the country since President Nelson, now President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dedicated the land in 1993.

“It is not the scenery; it is not the climate; it is not the history. The things you remember best are the individuals you meet and have learned to love,” said President Nelson of his recent trip. “The other things provide context.”

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