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Published: Friday, May 30 2014 3:30 p.m. MDT

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Vietnam Hanoi Mission here we come!

Anchorage, AK

I am so very thankful to see this kind of dialogue between our two nations versus the dialogue that existed in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. We are all brothers and sisters. Let's turn our spears into plowshares and our swords into pruning hooks.

sandy, UT

I'm not even LDS, but this is fantastic news. Religious freedom in Vietnam, while so many in the states continue to try and squash it.

Dietrich, ID

I taught and baptized a Vietnames person in Florida, In a few years the gospel will go to all the countries. President Kimball asked to pray that the nations will be opened and was answered and President Monson recently as well.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Wonderful news!

Grandma 20
Allen, TX

The fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy about the stone cut out of the mountain without hands continues to roll forth to fill the whole earth. Great news!!!

Syracuse, UT

We found out about this a week ago when our daughter and son-in-law face timed us and told us about it. Our son in law is Thanh Nguyen the Branch President in one of the Ho Chi Minh Branches. This is such great news for them and now you will see the Church grow rapidly there. They had just split that Branch less than a year ago and have many investigators show up every week.

Gilbert, AZ

This is GREAT news!

Johnny Moser
Thayne, WY

Two Stakes in Cambodia in the past few weeks, Vietnam won't be too far behind. PRC is still "normalizing relations" but I know that changes are happening there that are making it easier for the gospel to grow too. Slow but steady; by their fruits ye shall know them.

Farmington, Utah

What a wonderful news! When refugees were coming here after the war, we sponsored a family of 10. Terrific family, hardworking, generous people. They were taught by missionaries in the Salt Lake area and my husband had the privilege of baptizing them. I have had a great love for the Vietnamese people from that experience.

Salt Lake City, UT

My wife and I visited Vietnam in Nov and Dec of last year. It's a delightful country. Although its population is about 90 million now and so the cities are very crowded, I have never seen such calm, peaceful, cooperative drivers and motorbike riders anywhere. Those who frequent I-15 in our fair city could do with a healthy dose of the "it's ok, life is good" attitude displayed by the Vietnamese in those circumstances. They do use their horns liberally, but in an informative rather than combative way. If you want to cross the street, just go ahead and wade calmly out into the flow, it flows around you. Hard to believe but I have a lot of video evidence of it.

Burke, VA

When we visited my sister-in-law and her family in 2005 in HCMC, the ex-patriots had to meet separately from the native Vietnamese for their Sunday meetings. Then within a couple of years the natives and the ex-patriots were allowed to meet together, but it was still necessary to go to Cambodia if you wanted to be baptized. Now this change in direction happens. What wonderful news for everyone involved and it appears this pattern will continue until a mission finally opens there. The Lord's work continues on.

Saint Louis, MO

I believe that it would be important to state just what are the "religious activity laws" stipulated in the agreement. Vietnam is still officially an atheistic country.

Sandy, UT

Although I did not participate in the Vietnamese War, I remember it from my childhood. The animosity was palpable. I am surprised by the depth of emotion I feel at this announcement. It is a feeling of love and gratitude to our Heavenly Father. The work of the Lord is moving forward in a miraculous way indeed.

Sandy, UT

I have wondered from time to time that with the standards and doctrines of the church being constant and universal across time and across the world, we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints may have more in common with our foreign brothers and sisters than our neighbors next door. We may share more concerns, goals, morals, and blessings in common with those of vastly different cultures than with those of our own. Just a thought. Not gospel. Just my own ideas.

Salem, ut

Amazing. I figured that the time would come when there would be Vietnamese units recognized. We had a few Vietnamese in our Branch that were baptized when I was in there in 1971-72!

Hayden, ID

This is an answer to lots of prayers!

Salt Lake City, UT

I give thanks to God and to the tireless efforts of all the Vietnamese saints. May the pure in heart in Vietnam find their way to the church.

Mount Pleasant, UT

Miracles never seem to cease. What a great blessing to that family and to the Church worldwide.

Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, TX

I am always glad to see another country welcome the Church.

Now I look forward to the day we can have full Church activity in Vietnam (the same as we have in the United States and Canada and several other nations).

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