Government leader presents official certificate authorizing members to conduct religious activities in Vietnam

HANOI, VIETNAM — A high ranking government leader in Vietnam presented an official certificate authorizing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to conduct religious activities in the country in compliance with a new religious law established in 2018.

Madam Thieu Thi Huong of the Vietnam Government Committee for Religious Affairs presented the official certificate on Nov. 14 and expressed appreciation to the Church and its members for their high moral conduct and contributions to building the society of Vietnam.

Nearly 150 people witnessed this historic moment at the ceremony held at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Among the attendees were interfaith leaders, dignitaries from Committee for Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security in Vietnam, representatives from the US Embassy, as well as members and friends.

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.

Asia Area President Elder David F. Evans and Madam Thieu Thi Huong of Vietnam CRA exchange greetings prior to the recognition ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 14, 2019.
Asia Area President Elder David F. Evans and Madam Thieu Thi Huong of Vietnam CRA exchange greetings prior to the recognition ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 14, 2019.

Vietnam is a country where the presence of the Church is relatively new and growing.

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

A special choir of Church members sing "I Am a Child of God" at the ceremony recognition ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 14, 2019.
A special choir of Church members sing “I Am a Child of God” at the ceremony recognition ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 14, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Thursday’s recognition ceremony is a “wonderful step forward and a recognition of the contributions that the Church and its members are making.”

Elder Evans said the Church and the government have worked together on many projects.

“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.”