Episode 173: LDS Experience in Turkey
In Good Faith - Season 7, Episode 37
- Nov 5, 2023 6:00 am
- 52:08 mins
Welcome to our 10-part series exploring Turkey as a crossroads of faith, a place where world religions have met, overlapped, replaced one another, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not. In today's episode we're exploring the history of Latter-day Saints in Turkey, one of many tiny minority religious groups finding a place and building community amongst a majority-Muslim population. The size of the present congregation would seem to point to a new missionary effort just getting a toe-hold in Turkey. But, in fact, American missionaries first came to the Ottoman empire in 1884. In this episode, we'll meet Takouhie Jensen, the great-granddaughter of an early Armenian convert. We'll also talk with a Turkish member living in Istanbul. And we'll meet a recent convert. All three will help us paint the picture of the past and the future of the Church in Turkey, the tensions that exist there, and the opportunities available. Please be advised that this episode includes stories of violence and war, some of them perpetrated against children.