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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й, pronounced [lʲev nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] ( listen); known in the Anglosphere as Leo Tolstoy) (September 9, 1828...

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Leo Tolstoy and the Mormons

Dr. Andrew D. White, former president of Cornell University in New York and later the United States ambassador to Germany, recorded this conversation with Count Leo Tolstoy. While he was United States foreign minister to Russia in 1892, Dr. White had an occasion to spend some time with Count Leo Tolstoy. Leo Tolstoy was a Russian statesman, writer, and social reformer. During their visit, Leo Tolstoy said to Dr. White, "I wish you would tell me about your American religion." Dr. White explained that there were a number of religions in America. Count Tolstoy said, "I want to know about the American religion. ... The Church to which I refer ... is commonly known as the Mormon Church." Dr. White said, "I know very little concerning them." Count Tolstoy said, "Dr. White, I am greatly surprised. ... [They] teach the people not only of Heaven and its attendant glories, but how to live so that their social and economic relations with each other are placed on a sound basis. ... If Mormonism is able to endure, unmodified, until it reaches the third and fourth generations, it is destined to become the greatest power the world has ever known" (A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, rev. ed. [1966], 435--36). To learn more about Mormons, please visit: www.mormon.org
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