By Deborah Carl
Branch Started in Kazakhstan
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN -- There are no full-time missionaries in Kazakhstan, yet
the Kazakhstan Almaty Branch was organized July 29, only 7 months after The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially recognized by the
government. The branch has 44 members, many of whom were referrals from
friends and relatives who joined the Church while in the United States.
Because there are no full-time missionaries in Kazakhstan, the branch
members have the privilege of teaching and fellowshipping those interested
in the Church.
In a few weeks, Nurlan Kadyrbekov, the second counselor in the branch
presidency, and his wife will travel to the temple with the first group of
branch members to receive their temple ordinances. In his testimony when he
was sustained, Brother Kadyrbekov said, "This is indeed an important event
in the history of Kazakhstan and will continue to be the most important
event until the day when we have a prophet of the Lord come to lay the
cornerstone of a temple in our land."
Kazakhstan extends from the southern border of Russia in the north to the
Himalayan Mountains in the south. The Church was officially recognized on
Dec. 19, 2000.
First LDS Branch Created in Kazakhstan
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