By: Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
The Republic Of The Philippines
There are rumors circulating within the members of the church, about a new Legislation in Russia that will affect Missionary work in the country, the rumors are true.
According to Christianity Today Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a package of anti-terrorism laws that usher in tighter restrictions on missionary activity and evangelism. It was announced by the Kremlin on July 7.
The new Legislation will “broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching, and engaging in any activity designed to recruit people into a religious group.”
“The law appears to target religious groups outside the Russian Orthodox Church. It defines missionary activities as religious practices to spread a faith beyond its members. If the law passes, only the Russian Orthodox Church will be able to proselyte in Russia to citizens of Russia.” According to LDS.net
The new legislation restricts citizens to share their beliefs outside church buildings. Individuals would not be allowed to share their faith privately in their homes, public places or online.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statements:
The Church recognizes a new law will take effect in Russia on July 20, 2016 that will have an impact on missionary work. The Church will honor, sustain and obey the law. Missionaries will remain in Russia and will work within the requirements of the law. The Church will further study and analyze the law and its impact as it goes into effect.
The Missionaries have been working with Russia since 1990. And there are approximately 22,720 members in 100 congregations, with 63 family history centers and 7 missions.