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Kuwait Formally Recognizes the Church of Jesus Christ

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27 minutes ago, Maidservant said:

Is this the first Muslim country to do so?  Not sure.

There is no proselytizing among Muslims, of course.

Beautiful.

Kuwait Formally Recognizes the Church of Jesus Christ

I guess that is great, I fear what might happen if we send missionaries there. I know there are LDS Families living there in the military and working for oil companies. 

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1 hour ago, Maidservant said:

Is this the first Muslim country to do so?  Not sure.

There is no proselytizing among Muslims, of course.

Beautiful.

Kuwait Formally Recognizes the Church of Jesus Christ

No, not the first. The Church has a stake in the Middle East; multiple wards in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, etc. Turkey has congregations, but unsure of stake/ward/branch. Kuwait is just a little slow to formally recognize the Church. 

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The mormon church is pretty much invisible in Kuwait.  I hope being officially recognized helps raise the profile a little bit.

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2 hours ago, sjdawg said:

The mormon church is pretty much invisible in Kuwait.  I hope be officially recognized helps raise the profile a little bit.

There is a difference when a sheikh officially recognizes a church in the Middle East. It means they can officially meet without conflict and they can have their own building. The visibility is another dimension that I don't think is impacted. Christian churches are allowed to exist, but under/within strict rules. They are not visible to those who are not members of the religion. The common Muslim would never know about them unless they had a reason to drive by their building. 

Though there is much I appreciate in Muslim culture, I think most Americans would not be very comfortable in their society. For non-Muslims, it can feel very restrictive and it is meant to be. The objective is for you to convert. 

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1 hour ago, Storm Rider said:

There is a difference when a sheikh officially recognizes a church in the Middle East. It means they can officially meet without conflict and they can have their own building. The visibility is another dimension that I don't think is impacted. Christian churches are allowed to exist, but under/within strict rules. They are not visible to those who are not members of the religion. The common Muslim would never know about them unless they had a reason to drive by their building. 

Though there is much I appreciate in Muslim culture, I think most Americans would not be very comfortable in their society. For non-Muslims, it can feel very restrictive and it is meant to be. The objective is for you to convert. 

I liked it in the middle east but you are correct.  This gives mormonism a chance to be more visible in the public eye in Kuwait.  They have a building currently (I think it is out of a house) but I suspect we will see more openly visible service projects.

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15 minutes ago, sjdawg said:

I liked it in the middle east but you are correct.  This gives mormonism a chance to be more visible in the public eye in Kuwait.  They have a building currently (I think it is out of a house) but I suspect we will see more openly visible service projects.

Being in a home or building or hotel seems to be the norm before a church is formally recognized. I am more familiar with the UAE and how the land was given to the Church in Abu Dhabi and the building was built. Prior to that we were in a nice house, quite large, and adequate for the two wards that met there. Stake conference was always at a Dubai hotel in a large conference room. 

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