Into All the World is a 30-minute program interviewing current and recently-returned stake and mission presidents from around the world about the Church in their area.
The Petersons talk with Tim Taggart from their home in Virginia after recently returning from Switzerland, where Paul presided over the Switzerland Geneva Mission. They discuss the large number of immigrants who join the Church in Europe, as well as the fewer native European converts. Brother and Sister Peterson mention their joy in getting to know their missionaries and watching them grow. They compliment the preparation of current missionaries and declare the simplicity of the gospel through testimony. An especially edifying testimony is shared through a woman whose deceased father appeared to her in a dream after she learned of the restored gospel. The same night, far away, her brother dreamed of their father, who told his son that his sister had an important message for him.
President Paul and Sara Peterson. The Petersons were called to Geneva, Switzerland in July 2006. They now have returned back to their home in Virginia.
Facts about the LDS Church in Switzerland
In Switzerland, there are 2 missions, 1 temple, 5 stakes and almost 8,000 members.
In September of 1848, a new Swiss law established freedom of religion. Two years later, T.B.H. Stenhouse arrived in Geneva and began missionary work there in 1850.
- In February of 1851, Lorenzo Snow and T.B.H. Stenhouse dedicated Switzerland for the preaching of the gospel.
Between the years 1858 and 1868 the Church met increased opposition from local government officials. In 1864, having investigated the accusations against the Church and its doctrine, a Swiss government official declared that Latter-day Saints were in fact Christians.
- The Swiss temple was dedicated on September 11, 1955 in Bern Switzerland, making it the first European temple.
The founding of the Swiss Stake on October 27, 1961 was the first stake in Switzerland.
- The Switzerland, Geneva mission was organized on June 20, 1974.
Visit this Church News article for more information about the LDS Church in Switzerland.
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