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

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Somewhere in Time, UT

My husband and I visited Vietnam a few years ago. We left LDS materials (in Vietnamese) with our tour guide. He was very touched that we would get materials in his own language to give him. I hope those materials have made a difference in his life and others. After all, I have heard numerous stories about how a single Book of Mormon has eventually lead to many conversions.

I'm so happy to hear of the progress that the Church is making in Vietnam. There is really no animosity toward Americans there any more. About 70% of the country is under the age of 30 and has no memory of the war. We had a wonderful experience there.

Kellie Wood
Orem, UT

This is so fantastic for our family to help us retrieve our family history there. I married into a Vietnamese family. They came from Saigon just before it fell. Most of them joined the LDS church in the States but only one is active, my daughter. I hope to see her serve a mission in Vietnam next year when she turns 19.

Larry Lawton
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

I was pleased to serve with David Berrett, Asia Area Counsel in Hong Kong a couple of years ago. I know he and others worked tirelessly to bring about changes in the hearts of the leaders of Vietnam. This is a great step forward, and the result of years of effort.

West Jordan, UT

Elder Tran is one of my best friends! I saw this link pop up on my Facebook at work and immediately started crying. Knowing that he can go to Vietnam and bring others closer to Christ is an incredible feeling. I am so excited for the missionaries serving there! :)

Alex 1
Tucson, AZ

I have a son who will be serving the Lord on a mission in 2.5 years. I wouldn't mind it one bit if he were sent to Vietnam.

Philippine Bonita
Sammamish, WA

Great news for the church in Vietnam.
ECR, I think the word you want to use is "expatriate" or "ex-pat" for short. Ex-pats are by and large VERY much still patriots! :). Common mistake.

Salt Lake City, UT

Philippine Bonita,
You are right. As a former expatriate myself working in Asia, I will back you up on that. Unfortunately, "expatriate" is a word that is rarely used in the United States, so it makes a great deal of sense that people think it must be "ex-patriot" when they hear it for the first time on a trip overseas.


Vietnam is still a communist country and has a long way to go before it can have anything even approximating what we would refer to as “religious freedom” (there’s no reason why any free country should have a “Department of Religious Affairs”, but this is indeed a remarkable step forward, both for the Church and for the country. I am honestly quite surprised it has gotten even this far. The doors to China may be opening too in the not too distant future.

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