Saturday, May 19, 2012

LDS Mission Outreach among Nepali-Bhutanese and Karen Refugees in Salt Lake City, Utah

At cumorah.com, we are writing a case study on recent LDS growth among Nepali-Bhutanese and Karen refugees in the Salt Lake City area. The Church opened its first Karen-speaking branch in 2009 to meet the needs of increasing numbers of Karen refugees joining the Church. The Karen are an ethnic minority group in eastern Burma who have been targetted by the current political regime in Burma, resulting in many fleeing to refugee camps in neighboring Thailand. Earlier this year, the Church opened its first Nepali-speaking branch in the United States in Salt Lake City to service an increasing number of Nepali-Bhutanese refugees joining the Church. These refugees are ethnic Nepalis who lived in Bhutan but have fled the country into refugee camps in neighboring Nepal and India and, like the Karen, are being accepted by the United States and resettled in many major cities such as Salt Lake City. We are looking for any current information on the language usage, convert retention, receptivity to LDS teachings and proselytism efforts, and humanitarian and development work relating to these two people groups. Please comment if you have additional information or insight.

7 comments:

surakmn said...

I'm surprised they didn't comment specifically about St. Paul, MN. We had Nepali and Karen youth blessing the sacrament this morning. Lots of new converts. SLC is closely involved.

James W. Anderson said...

There was apparently a Nepali attending BYU, he was on the same TRAX train in Salt Lake as I was one day, and thinking he was one of the Hispanic population here, I offered him a pass-along card, and found out that he was already a member and was indeed attending BYU. He spoke very good English as well.

Teri's Blog said...

My Uncle just got called to serve in this Nepali ward.

John Pack Lambert said...

The only convert baptism I went to at BYU was of a man from Nepal who was one of my co-workers at Cannon Center Dining Services. Since he was Nepalese from Nepal and in the US on a student visa, he was in a very different situation than the Neapli refugees in the South Salt Lake Stake.

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Sarah said...

We have a strong growth with the Karen refugees and Nepalese in Twin Falls Idaho. Our ward has created a Burmese Mission with it's own Ward Mission leader and 3 sets of Church Service Missionaries to serve the refugees.
We have been averaging 12 convert baptisms per year. We have seperat 2nd and 3rd hour classes designed specially for the refugees after sacrament.

Bryce said...

In a public meeting earlier this year in Provo UT, a member of the Seventy gave a presentation specifically about the Asia Area. He mentioned the branch in Myanmar and stated that after traveling there and seeing the political winds change, that the Area presidency will be "moving forward on some fronts there." It sounds like they don't want to miss this window of opportunity. He also stated that in the next few years that the first full translations of the Book of Mormon will appear in Lao, Malay, and Nepali, as well as an update in Hindi, and speculated that translations in Bengali, Burmese, and Marathi would possibly follow.