A few quotes from apostles with memes to celebrate and commemorate the historic day that the Church was granted full recognition in Vietnam. (May 31, 2016)
“On behalf of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members here in Vietnam and across the world, we express gratitude and appreciation for the official full recognition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and its Representative Committee in Vietnam.” —Quentin L. Cook, (deseretnews.com)
“We as Latter-day Saints are in Vietnam to stay and to grow.” —Jeffrey R. Holland, (deseretnews.com)
“Our great desire is that the divine attributes of faith, hope, and charity will strengthen each family and individual. May there be peace, prosperity, and happiness for families and individuals across this great country of Vietnam is my hope, and my prayer and blessing today.” —Quentin L. Cook, (deseretnews.com)
The Vietnam Hanoi Mission was announced by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 7, 2016.
“O God, our Eternal Father, with humble hearts we meet before thee this day in this land of South Vietnam, a land which presently is torn by war, destruction, and dissension. We meet in the name of thy Son, the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, to invoke thy special blessing. . . . “We have seen in other parts of Asia the manner in which thou hast turned the hand and the work of the adversary to the good and the blessing of many of thy children. And now we call upon thee at this time that thou wilt similarly pour out thy spirit upon this land.” —Gordon B. Hinckley, during dedicatory prayer in South Vietnam, October 30, 1966, and quoted by him in General Conference, 1968. In May of 1996, President Hinckley was in Hanoi when he “felt impressed to offer what he described as an ‘addendum’ to the original dedicatory prayer and dedicated the entire land of Vietnam” (pg. 552 of Go Forward with Faith)
(1968) “I make no defense of the war from this pulpit. There is no simple answer. The problems are complex almost beyond comprehension. I seek only to call your attention to that silver thread, small but radiant with hope, shining through the dark tapestry of of war — namely, the establishment of a bridgehead, small and frail now; but which somehow, under the mysterious ways of God, will be strengthened, and from which someday shall spring forth a great work affecting for good the lives of large numbers of our Father’s children who live in that part of the world. Of that I have a certain faith.” —Gordon B. Hinckley, (GC 1968)
“The Spirit of the Lord is moving over this vast area. It would be undeniable, it would be impossible not to grasp, not to feel that there is a great work unfolding here.” —Jeffrey R. Holland, (lds.org)
LAODONG.COM.VN, a Vietnamese news outlet, reported on Elder Stevenson’s visit earlier this year.
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Many thanks to the talented photographers on Unsplash, who donate some of their work to the public domain. Background photos for the memes in this post are from these artists: Dương Trần Quốc, Hoach Le Dinh, NGO TUNG, & Priscilla Westra