News Release

Church Celebrates Milestone in Vietnam

Official certification granted under the Law on Belief and Religion

On November 14, 2019, Madam Thieu Thi Huong of the Vietnam Government Committee for Religious Affairs (CRA) presented an official certificate authorizing members of the Church to conduct religious activities in the country, in compliance with a new religious law established in 2018.

Nearly 150 people witnessed this historic moment at the ceremony held at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi. Among the attendees were interfaith leaders, dignitaries from CRA and the Ministry of Public Security in Vietnam, representatives from the US Embassy, as well as Church members and friends.


Madam Huong expressed appreciation to the Church and its members for their high moral conduct and contributions to building the society of Vietnam.

Hoang Van Tung, chairman of the new Coordinating Committee for the Church in Vietnam, said members are committed to continue abiding by the laws that govern religious activities in Vietnam.

Elder David F. Evans, President of the Church’s Asia Area, accompanied by his counselor Elder David P. Homer, expressed gratitude to government officials in Vietnam for granting this certification and committed “to work together in new, fresh, and wonderful ways.”

“As the Church grows in Vietnam,” Elder Evans said, “members will continue to build faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, follow His teachings, be good citizens, obey the law, build strong families and make society a better place.”

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