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A new religious sect to be recognised in Vietnam
  • | VOV | May 30, 2014 05:01 PM
The provisional representative board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) was recognised in Vietnam at a ceremony on May 30.

Pham Dung, head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs handed over a government decision to the provisional representative board of the church and expressed Mormon believers will continue to live a healthy life, abide by the law and contribute to the community.

He said he hopes Mormon will be approved to be the 14th religious sect recognised in Vietnam in the near future.

Under the decision, the provisional representative board of the Mormon Church represents Mormon believers in Vietnam in local and foreign relations. Its tenure lasts two years, with the first starting in May 2014.

The religion was introduced in Vietnam in 1962 and licensed by the former Saigon regime in 1967. As of 1975, the church had about 3,000 Vietnamese believers.

After 1975, the church, as well as many other Protestant organisations, suspended operations, and most of the believers fled overseas.

In 1995, the church resumed operation, with two branches established in Hanoi and HCM City. Currently, the church has nearly 1,000 believers, mostly in Hanoi and HCM City.

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