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.
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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
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
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.
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).
Miracles never seem to cease. What a great blessing to that family and to the
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.
This is an answer to lots of prayers!
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is GREAT news!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Vietnam Hanoi Mission here we come!