Apostle Thanks State of Kuwait for Formally Recognizing the Church

Apostle Thanks State of Kuwait for Formally Recognizing the Church

at the north western shore of the arabian gulf is the state of kuwait bustling with modernism as displayed by robust commerce and piercing skyscrapers black Kuwait's next-door neighbors Saudi Arabia and Iraq this sun-dried Middle East nation has a rich abundance of oil yet Kuwait is also known for its rich tradition as peacemakers in the region including religious tolerance such increase of religious rights has been granted to the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints through a ceremonial visit to Kuwait on behalf of the church's first presidency elder Quentin L cook an apostle of the church and his wife Mary expressed gratitude for the church's recent recognition it's the first time a religious organization has been formally recognized in Kuwait in more than 40 years the meeting was held in Kuwait City with Fareed Asad Abdullah Ahmadi Undersecretary of the Ministry of our coffe and Islamic Affairs Kuwait is predominantly Muslim with some twenty percent of its residents practicing Christianity a Latter day Saints have a growing presence elder cook spoke to a crowd of nearly 200 people packed in several floors at the Kuwait ward meeting house many of you will not be here for a long period of time but you will influence lives while you're here while the formal recognition strictly prohibits surprise lighting to and baptism of Muslims the church's increased standing strengthens the opportunities to operate serve and worship is extremely significant when you have the authority as a church to open a bank account and to rent our own property and to seek visas for people who might serve as volunteers in doing humanitarian or community service all of the things that the church does and so this is no small thing pioneered church members in Kuwait reflected on the occasion Wade Ward and I feel very very happy because of the recognition the gospel is my life they did a lot of fasting and praying hard to have any father and very much grateful for the quick government for this recognition elder cook also spoke to about 125 soldiers at a sacrament meeting where services are held each week at a US military base camp out of John outside Kuwait City latter-day Saint chaplain Joshua sharp attended both meetings that day being out here we often feel separated being able to be with so closely and so intimately with an apostle of the Lord was very very powerful and I think a great lift to the soldiers while in Kuwait elder and sister cook visited with a senior member of the Kuwaiti royal family Her Excellency shahe Intisar Salim Ali a tsuba and you come from a really good at a traditional gathering for men known as a Diwaniyah local community government and interfaith leaders visited with elder cook giving them an opportunity to be better acquainted with the church led by sister cook latter-day saint women also gathered for fellowship you've been through a lot and then but then you know one of the good things that we are grateful because we have a church here we have another family to call when we have this recognition I was just so grateful because it was spread all over not just here in the way it was like all over the world there is strength in the crew you feel it don't you kuwait was dedicated for the blessings of the restored gospel of jesus christ by apostle elder jeffrey our holland in 2011 at this spot overlooking kuwait city and the only one has gone on ahead but it is a hundred and twenty degrees and it was a moment symbolic of the good members of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints had been progressively providing for several decades to each other and the community a moment now leading up to another beginning official recognition because it's a chance to reach out and to be outgoing and to reach out to the outside communities whether they be Christian or whether they be Islamic we don't have to hide out like behind a butcher as such anymore we're just so thrilled that the recognition came that can confirm the faith of so many members I see incredible things are going to happen in the future I wouldn't be surprised to see other countries in the Gulf give recognition that we don't now have I wouldn't be surprised to see more of it come as a result of the leadership and the effort you


47 thoughts on “Apostle Thanks State of Kuwait for Formally Recognizing the Church”

  • I see now Mormons are cowards to say I'm wrong about Mormonism being a sex cult. You all don't have to answer but you will answer to God. Joseph Smith was married to many girls at the same time that's found in your church history. He tricked kids into sex and married other husbands wives secretly. The nasty thing was shot to death and now deceived Mormons build big temples to honor a proven Conman. I know my wife is safe when I have nothing to do with the ways of a sex maniac Smith or listen to his deceived followers who might secretly wink at my wife. I'm so thankful not to be a part of this corruption. I don't hate Mormon's. Honestly I don't, but I hate adultery and my true God hates it also. To love the created god of Mormonism despises the true God of the Bible.

  • Muhammad was a picture of death that followed Satan. Joseph Smith for Mormonism also a picture of death that followed Satan. Satan came as an Angel to both. Muhammad knew what he saw was EVIL, but later a girl turned Muhammad on with flattering lips convinced him it wasn't evil. Today Muslim girls have to wear dark hot clothing because darkness represents where all Muhammad's followers will go.

    Joseph Smith also would say anything for the applause of girls. He stuck his head, (not in a cave like Muhammad) but in his hat in darkness for direction. Today Mormon Artist has pulled his lying face out of his hat where he made up the book of Mormon and placed him sitting by a table flattering him to all with a painted Holy look that brought in the Book of Mormon. What a nasty way deceiving many to a wrong direction.

    Both Muhammad and Smith are today in Satan's Brimstone bed for a hot time. They both listened to flattering lips but not the true God. For this many will be intruders in darkness that was prepared for the Devil and it's Demons.

    I wonder if secretly how many Mormons follows Joseph Smith's and Muhammad's appetite for girls.

  • Is Mormonism Christian?" Are Mormons Christian? The answer is simple. NO. Mormonism is not Christian because it denies the basic and essential doctrines of the Christian faith such as the teaching that there is only one God, that God has always been God, and that forgiveness of sins is by faith alone. Instead, Mormonism teaches that god is an exalted man from another world who has a goddess wife and that people have the potential of becoming gods. That is most assuredly not Christian according to the Bible

    Mormonism is not Christian because it denies one or more of the essential doctrines of Christianity that are stated in the Bible. Here is a basic list of what true Christianity teaches as Christian doctrine according to the Bible, not our interpretation

    There is only one God in all existence (Exodus 20:1-4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5).

    Jesus is divine (John 1:1, 14; 8:24; Col. 2:9)

    Forgiveness of sins is by grace alone without works (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:28; 4:1-5)

    Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21; Luke 24:39)

    The true gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

    Mormonism denies that there is only one God in all existence and also denies the forgiveness of sins alone in Christ alone. Therefore, it is outside Christianity. It is not a Christian religion. Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones (D. & C. 130:22)

    and that Jesus is a creation who was begotten in heaven as one of God’s spirit children (See the book, Jesus the Christ, by James Talmage, p. 8). This is in strict contrast to the biblical teaching that he is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14), eternal (John 1:1, 2, 15),uncreated, yet born on earth (Col. 1:15), and the creator of all (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17). Jesus cannot be both created and not created at the same time. Though Mormonism teaches that Jesus is God in flesh, it teaches that he is "a" god in flesh, one of three gods that comprise the office of the Trinity (Articles of Faith, by Talmage, pp. 35-40). These three gods are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This contradicts the biblical doctrine that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5). See Trinity for a correct discussion of what the Trinity is (see also, false trinity)

    Mormon theology teaches that God is only one of countless gods, that he used to be a man on another planet, that he became a god by following the laws and ordinances of that god on that world, and that he brought one of his wives to this world with whom he produces spirit children who then inhabit human bodies at birth. The first spirit child to be born was Jesus. Second (though this is disputed among Mormons) was Satan, and then we all followed. But, the Bible says that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5), that God has been God eternally (Psalm 90:2) – which means he was never a man on another planet. Since the Bible denies the existence of other gods (and goddesses–there is a mother goddess in Mormonism), the idea that Jesus is the product of a god and goddess couple is rejected. The Bible tells us that Jesus–The Jesus of Mormonism – is definitely not the same Jesus of the Bible. Therefore, faith in the Mormon Jesus is faith misplaced because the Mormon Jesus doesn't exist.

    Mormonism teaches that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross itself (and receiving it by faith) is not sufficient to bring forgiveness of sins. It teaches that the forgiveness of sins is obtained through a cooperative effort with God; that is, we must be good and follow the laws and ordinances of the Mormon church in order to obtain forgiveness. Consider the late James Talmage, an LDS apostle who said, "The sectarian dogma of justification by faith alone has exercised an influence for evil," (Articles of Faith, p. 432), and "Hence the justice of the scriptural doctrine that salvation comes to the individual only through obedience," (Articles of Faith, p. 81). This clearly contradicts the biblical doctrine of the forgiveness of sins by grace through faith (Rom. 3:28; 5:1; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9) and the doctrine that works are not part of becoming saved (Rom. 4:1-5) but a result of them (James 2:14-18).

    To further confuse the matter, Mormonism states that salvation is twofold. It

    maintains that salvation is both forgiveness of sins and universal resurrection. So when a Mormon speaks of salvation by grace, he is usually referring to universal resurrection. But the Bible speaks of salvation as the forgiveness of sins – not universal resurrection. Where Mormonism states that forgiveness of sins is not by faith alone (2 Nephi 25:23; Moroni 10:32; D&C 82:7), the Bible does teach it is by faith alone (Rom. 3:28; 4:5; Gal. 2:21). Both cannot be true.

    Mormonism Bible

    2 Nephi 25:23, "For we labor diligently to write, to to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Romans 3:28, "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law."

    Moroni 10:32, "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God." Romans 4:5, "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness."

    Doctrine and Covenants 82:7, "And now, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, will not lay any asin to your charge; go your ways and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God." Galatians 2:21, "I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.":

    In order to justify its aberrant theology, Mormonism has undermined the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. The 8th Article of Faith from the Mormon Church states, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." This means that when the Bible contradicts Mormonism, the Bible isn't trustworthy. This allows them to say and teach whatever they want even when it contradicts scripture.

    Mormonism is not Christian because it denies that there is only one God,

    denies the true Gospel, adds works to salvation, denies that Jesus is the uncreated creator, distorts

    the biblical teaching of the atonement, undermines the authority and reliability of the Bible, says that God used to be a man who came from another planet, that we can become gods, that there is a goddess mother in heaven, etc.

    Mormons for the most part are decent, helpful people and that they do many good things. But that isn't what makes someone Christian–nor does putting "Jesus Christ" in your title make you Christian if you deny who Jesus really is. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (NKJV).

    Notice that Jesus condemns those who combine their faith with their works in order to be saved. If you doubt that, see also Luke 18:9-14 where Jesus teaches the same thing again. Becoming a Christian does not mean belonging to a church, doing good things, or simply in a god from another planet. Being a Christian means that you have

    trusted in the true God for salvation, received the True Jesus–not the brother of the devil, not the god of Mormonism, not the gospel of Mormonism. Becoming a Christian means believing the gospel of Christ, who is God in flesh, 2nd person of the Trinity, who was sent by the Father, bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24), died, was buried and rose again (1 Cor. 15:1-4). You must trust Jesus. Believe what he did. Put your faith in him. Mormonism is false and cannot save anyone. Mormonism is not Christian.

  • Why do any of us care what these literal Satan worshiping, Christ haters have to say?
    Why is this something to be thankful or happy for?

  • Curtis Jensen says:

    It's heartwarming to see that even with all the war in the middle east there is progress for peace and religious freedom.

  • I fought in the Gulf War and my final objective was Al Jahre with the rest of my tank battalion. I remember very clearly the smell and smoke that was from the burning oil wells and destroyed Iraqi tanks in and around Kuwait City. I never thought that I would see the gospel in Kuwait. It takes me breath away to see this video.

  • 'Posture' is everything, in the arena of 'non-verbal' communication.

    Elder Cook, there, is 'posturing', in that handshake with the Kuwaiti.
    (But, alas, so is the Kuwaiti !)

  • What an amazing blessing and witness of the hand of the Lord! I am so happy for all our brothers and sisters in Kuwait! I know God lives and loves all of his children. I add my witness to Alma's from The Book of Mormon, "And now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not? I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only.
    But, behold, I have all things as a testimony that these things are true… all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." (Alma 30:40-44)

  • عبدالرحمن الحمود says:

    1:17 only 3 Kuwaiti families are Christian but all the rest are muslims the Christians dont even make up 1%

  • عبدالرحمن الحمود says:

    1:17 هذا حيييل قام يبالغ اي ٢٠% اي بطيخ كلها ثلث عوائل ما يشكلون ١%

  • Rozenne Marie Lipatuan says:

    I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints true. I am grateful for having the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life💕. I am so happy!!!

  • Daniel Miller says:

    My wife just did a byu intern on muslem faith then one day while waiting in line for groceries talked to the person behind her found out that she was from here she heard about the church and joined with her family the community found out lined her family up in front of her and executed them in front of her she was in Amarica to get medical treatment part of this but her medical vesa fell through and now without care due to finance was being sent back an undisclosed church heard about her story agreed to help put her on stage to present a check to help her then the church found out where she was from and instead if helping shamed her my wife gave her all the cash she had asked her mom to do the same then told her that since she was lds that the local bishop would probably help havent heard how shes doing since

  • Tracey Hargrove says:

    We are great examples for all the world to see and I've also seen Mormons in Dubai getting together with Muslim friends and families sharing our beliefs and religion and all of us come down to the same thing we both love god our families are very important and loving one another and being kind to our neighbors I love you all I'm excited we will continue to do good works inchalah

  • Tracey Hargrove says:

    I'm so happy when I watch this video because I am Mormon and I just married a Muslim man in Algeria we are great examples of how god is spreading love through Mormons and Muslims there are actually alot of similarities between the two religions both are very awesome with awesome families and both of share something our love of being kind and loving one another

  • Wow! This is such an amazing news of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! The Lord is indeed hastening the work of salvation throughout the world preparatory for His glorious Second Coming which both ancient and modern day Prophets have spoken and prophesied! Indeed, the Savior is coming really SOON as our Muslim brothers and sisters are starting to embrace the gospel in Arab countries. Greetings from Norway!

  • You Mormons are sick. JS with his 40 wives and his pedophilia will fit in very well in Muslim Kuwait …are you fabulous cult Lucifer worshippers who do not wish their life to be taken? Did you all tell the Muslims that Mormon women don't Veil their faces anymore and that gays are welcome?

  • Lucine AKA LUCY Kazanian says:

    Very promising. I was born in Kuwait, lived there for 13 yrs, & we also had an Armenian church & school 😊

  • Freemasons are uniting behind the veiled truth. Mormons are naive to not know that the secret handshakes go right over their heads. When Mormonism starts to fail the brotherhood of Freemasons will share some of that prestigious ‘credibility’ so they can retain some of its members. Every Freemason lodge house the Bible, Quran and Pentateuch those are the religions that are at the head of Freemasons secret club, they use religions to take over all economies and they dumb down their own people just to stay in power.

    Without money the Mormon church would fall flat on its face. Make Mormonism a volunteer based leadership and they would all drop the leadership jobs. Money is used by the Church to pay propagandists to make news ops and to build ridiculous temples in a time when the poor are roaming every city of every state and the rich are able to just watch the poor get poorer while the rich get richer and secret Freemason handshake each other in corruption and greed.

    Wake up! Book of Abraham Facsimile number 2 figure 4 says the Firmament DOME in Hebrew Rakhiya. Planet Kolob is a hoax because space is fake it’s a Freemason imaginary place that is force fed on the masses even those the Dome above our head is True. NASA is ran by Freemasons with secret handshakes.

    Firmament is the Dome that the stars are hanging from. It’s written in first chapter of Genesis, Mormon book of Moses says Firmament too so Mormons can’t say Mistranslation because Joey wrote it into Mormonism himself.

    Research Flat Earth because the bishops and stake presidents aren’t going to remind members that they don’t believe in their own scriptures or they call me crazy because I know the Firmament exists yet it’s clearly written into the scriptures of all religions.

  • Loraine McCall says:

    My sister just arrived to Kuwait to help relieve the military group from SLC! I'm bummed she missed this visit, but I'm SO glad that she is where an apostle of the Lord visited SO recently ❤️

  • Christene Fite Harvey says:

    Recognition by the nation of Kuwait brought such joy to my heart! How wonderful for the Saints who worship there! And, how wonderful for those who will later serve or live there! I thank Heavenly Father through our Savior Jesus Christ for the opportunities and rights granted to Saints who dwell within that land!

  • Susan Diane Howell says:

    "Kuwait, my country, may you be safe and glorious!
    May you always enjoy good fortune!
    You are the cradle of my ancestors,
    Who put down its memory.
    With everlasting symmetry, showing all eternity,
    Those Arabs were heavenly,
    Kuwait, my country,
    May you be safe and glorious!
    May you always enjoy good fortune.
    Blessed be my Country a homeland for harmony,
    Warded by true sentry giving their soils aptly,
    Building high its history, Kuwait,
    My country, we're for you my Country,
    Led by faith and loyalty,
    With its Amir equally,
    Fencing us all fairly, with warm love and verity,
    Kuwait, my country,
    May you be safe and glorious.
    May you always enjoy good fortune!"

    – National Anthem of Kuwait, translated

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