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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mormons and Iran

I decided it would be fun to explore the Church and Iran. I looked for mostly current rather than historical materials. Here is what I found:

The Global Mormonism Project provides a short history of the Church and Iran. It states, "The Iranian government granted the Church official legal recognition in 1977, the first Middle Eastern country to do so." Also, "Two apostles, Elders Thomas S. Monson and Howard W. Hunter, visited Iran on separate occasions." There was no apostolic dedicatory prayer given for Iran, though.

 If you wish to pursue the subject in more detail, this journal article may be helpful: Embry, Jessie L. "The LDS Church and Iran: The Dilemmas of an American Church."John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 21 (2001): 51-67.

The only article from Church magazines that was helpful was one from 1974 entitled, "We Were the Church—in Iran" by Pamela S. Williams.

The Church no longer has an official presence in Iran. Everything ceased in 1979. Today, Iran is considered part of the Middle East/Africa North Area. It is administered from Church headquarters in Utah.

Humanitarian aid is still sent to Iran when circumstances require it, such as 2004 when it experienced a massive earthquake.

Only a handful of Mormon.org profiles mention Iran. Derrin lived there for two years. Matthew's father is from Iran. Michelle's father was in an orphanage in Iran and Nadia has an Iranian and Pakistani heritage.

The Church does make General Conference and the World Wide Leadership Training available in Persian (Farsi) the language of Iran.

There are five items from the Church's Online Store available in Persian (Farsi). They include The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Article of Faith Cards and the old edition of Gospel Principles. Just access the link for the Online Store and put "Persian" or "Farsi" in the search box.

5 comments:

  1. Wow!! I just met an Iranian guy who's very open to talking about religion, I talked to him about what mormons believe and he agreed with a lot of it, I hope I get to talk to him more. I was just curious about whether the church was active in Iran, I guess not :(

    Thanks for this! :)

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  2. So I was kind of intrigued when I came across this blog posting. I am a Persian Mormon and have considered starting a blog writing from what is a unique/minority perspective. I decided before I did so I would see if someone had already beat me to the punch. Doesn't seem like it. Now I just have to find an interesting name for the site. :)

    BTW - I recently ordered the Persian materials in Farsi. The Article of Faith cards are out of print and I didn't see the Gospel Principles book listed.

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    1. I can give you an update on Farsi / Persian materials. Most are out of print. I have copies in PDF format and a few in Microsoft Word format.
      kevnkerr@gmail.com

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    2. I would like to comment to. Annoys.I'm American who lived in Iran and I'm LDS durning Khomeinis regime.I also speak Farsi and I love Iranians. My kids are half Persian I love Iran

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  3. A current update on LDS, Mormon, Farsi/Persian materials. In 2015 the official translation of the Book of Mormon in Farsi was completed. It is available online digitally or can be ordered from an LDS Distribution Store. It is the hardcover version. Do Not order a softback book. It is the old excerpts version. The following link will take you to the LDS.Org webpage for all official LDS translations of documents and General Conference Broacasts in Farsi/Persian. I hope this helps anyone searching for LDS literature. As mentioned before, I have PDF copies of other translated materials not yet "Officially" translated. Email me if interested.

    https://www.lds.org/languages/pes?lang=eng&clang=pes&_r=1&referer=https://www.lds.org/&refererLangs=deu%20eng%20fra%20ita%20jpn%20kor%20por%20rus%20spa%20zho

    kevnkerr@gmail.com

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