TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou lauded the contributions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Taiwanese society, saying that its missionaries have helped instill positive values and spirit in the public.

Over the past decades, Ma said, the Mormon Church has taken root in Taiwan because the sight of young Mormons spreading their faith -- two young men, sporting crewcuts and wearing white shirts with black ties on bicycles -- has become an important part of Taiwan's urban landscape.

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