Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (R) receives President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Gary E. Stevenson (Source: http://anninhthudo.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung hosted a reception for a delegation from the US’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) led by President Gary E. Stevenson in Hanoi on February 24.

The host affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State as well as the municipal authorities always facilitate operation and development of all religions.

He attributed Hanoi’s increasing development to contributions of religious followers, including those from the Church.

Chung said he hopes Stevenson, with his prestige, will continue to guide the followers of the Church to practice their religious activities in accordance with Vietnam’s policies and law, contributing to the city’s development.

For his part, Stevenson said that this is the first time he has visited Vietnam, sharing his impression of Hanoi’s beauty.

He said the Mormon Church is an international religious organisation and its followers are always directed to become good citizens and abide by policies of their local communities.

Established in the US in the early 19th century, the Mormon Church was introduced in Vietnam in 1962. However, in 1975 it suspended its operation in the country for 20 years. Since resuming its activities in 1995, it has gathered a large number of followers, mostly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA