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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.


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