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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Times of India Profiles LDS Church Efforts There
Times of India 2Jul00 N1
By Roxanne Kavarana

MUMBAI, INDIA -- The LDS Church is still relatively small in India, with 2,700 members spread among 20 branches. The Times of India looked at the Church on Saturday, interviewing mission president Ebenezer Solomon about the "little-known Christian denomination" and the 51 missionaries in the country.

The Times first observes that the Church has long tried to start missionary work in India, with efforts beginning in June 1851, But the Church was never really able to get a foothold in the country until after World War II. The missionaries currently in India include Marv and Gabriele Hammond, who was also interviewed by the Times. They told the Times that the participation of Church members in running the Church has influenced members, "This leads to a high level of commitment and sense of community."

President Solomon said that the missionaries there are simply sharing a message, "They share our beliefs with people. There is no compulsion, enticement, inducement or coercion,'' he stresses. "In fact, when a person becomes a member, he commits to pay a tenth of his earnings as `tithes' to the church, besides giving his time and talents. This is a church that requires sacrifice to help others.''

The article also talks about other LDS teachings such as honouring hard work, the word of wisdom and eternal marriage. Both President Solomon and the Hammonds tell the Times about the Church's beliefs on Temple work and genealogy and prophets. But the article concludes by disavowing the common misunderstanding about the LDS Church's belief in Polygamy, observing "the next time you hear the word Mormon, don't get your hopes up. They're only allowed a wife apiece."


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