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LDS Church mentioned in religious freedom report

Published: Wednesday, July 1 2015 11:43 p.m. MDT

In the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom's 269-page annual report released Friday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is mentioned four times, the first being an acknowledgement that the LDS faith is one of many listed as religions understood with expertise by the commission and its staff.

Other mentions:

In the country chapter on Cuba: "The government has not prevented activities of the Baha'is and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), groups that are not officially registered, and has registered groups that do not belong to the [Cuban Council of Churches]."

In the county chapter on Russia: "The 1997 religion law gives 10 citizens the right to form a religious association, which, in turn, provides them the legal right to a house of worship. Yet, despite this legal guarantee, building or renting worship space remains difficult for a number of religious communities. Jehovah's Witnesses, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and Pentecostal congregations face particular problems, as do Orthodox groups that do not recognize the Moscow Patriarchate, Molokans and Old Believer communities."

In the country chapter on Venezuela: ¯In 2005, 219 U.S. missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also withdrew from he country after having difficulties obtaining visas to conduct its activities.¯

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