30/05/2014 16:09 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Mormon Church representatives to form official Vietnamese committee

Hanoi , May 30 (VNA) – The Government Committee for Religious Affairs has granted recognition to a provisional committee representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose main branch is called Mormonism.

The committee will act on behalf of the Mormon Church and its followers in Vietnam . It will comprise a head and two other members, each serving a two-year term.

Addressing the granting ceremony on May 30 in Hanoi , which attracted the participation of the US Embassy representatives in Vietnam and many leaders and followers of the Church, Deputy Minister of Interior and head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Pham Dung congratulated the Church and its followers.

Dung said he believes that the followers will continue to practice their religious activities in accordance with the law, while staying attached with their local communities.

He also expressed hope that the Church will soon become the 38 th religious organisation and the 14 th recognised religion in Vietnam .

The Mormon Church was introduced in Vietnam in 1962. However, in 1975 it suspended its operation in the country for 20 years. Since resuming its activities in 1995, it has gathered nearly 1,000 followers, mostly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City .

Established in the US in the early 19 th century, the Mormon Church now has nearly 16 million followers in over 100 countries and territories.