Mormon church to open first temple in mainland China
The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon house of worship, offers to avaliable its first forehead in mainland China at a stretch if Beijing continues to be clamping down slowly but surely on devotional liberty such as privacy.
The head inside the oriental Chinese metro area of Shanghai can really help populate a space left by repair do the job since last July for the church’s forehead in Hong Kong, Russell M. Nelson, president of the united states of one’s cathedral, reported on Sunday.
He also said seven other temples could register, including one in Dubai, its first in the Middle East.
“In Shanghai, a modest, multipurpose meeting place will provide a way for Chinese members to continue to participate in ordinances of the temple,” Nelson said.
“Because we value the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China, the Church will not give proselytizing people there; nor let’s do so now,” he said.
A former cardiac surgeon, Nelson has spent time in China, studied Mandarin and was granted an honorary professorship by China’s Shandong University School of Medicine.
In January, the church sent two planeloads of protective medical equipment to the Children’s Medical Center in Shanghai to help manage the coronavirus outbreak.
No official figure is available for the number of Mormons in China.
China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom but under President Xi, Jinping Beijing has tightened restrictions on religions seen as a challenge to the authority of the ruling Communist Party.
The government has cracked down on underground churches, both Protestant and Catholic, and has rolled out legislation to increase oversight of religious education and practices.
Chinese law requires that places of worship register and submit to government oversight, but some have declined to register and are known as “residential home” or “underground” church.
The Chinese authorities publicly understands five religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism.
“Expatriate and Chinese congregations will continue to meet separately. The Church’s legal status there remains unchanged,” Nelson said.
“In an immediate phase of provision choose, admission will just be by rendezvous only. The Shanghai Temple certainly aren’t a brow for holiday makers from different places,” he said.
In 2018, the Vatican and China signed an agreement on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fuelled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing and thwarted efforts toward diplomatic relations.