Kuwait and its Emir recognizes Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a religious group

Members of the Kuwait Church of Jesus Christ pose for this picture outside the building where they meet for worship services. The Kuwait Government and its Emir recently recognized the Church as a religious organization

SALT LAKE CITY — The Kuwait government and His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait have recognized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a religious group.

The church’s newsroom made the announcement Wednesday.

Bishop Terry Harradine, leader of the Kuwait congregation, thanked the government and the Emir for their help.

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“We are grateful to the Government of Kuwait and in particular to His Highness, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al -Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, for his exemplary leadership in allowing freedom of worship in the State of Kuwait, in particular for the expatriate workforce,” Harradine said. “We appreciate the assistance and guidance of the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs for their assistance in promoting religious tolerance within the country.”

The newsroom reported that an estimated 300 church members live and work in Kuwait.

“The come from many countries around the world. Formal recognition from the government allows local leaders to better serve the needs of members in Kuwait,” the newsroom reported.

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