Jerusalem's mayor Teddy Kollek writes to the president of the LDS branch there: "We are indeed happy with the great interest shown by the Mormons to build a permanent structure in Jerusalem to house center for their activities in the city." This is the result of BYU's study abroad program in Jerusalem. Israel's government officially recognizes the LDS church as a legal association in April. Kollek receives and honorary doctorate from BYU in 1995.
[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]