‘Mormon Land’: LDS Church‘s first-ever mission president in Vietnam talks about the faith’s work in a country once torn by war

(Mike Stack for The Salt Lake Tribune) LDS Hanoi Mission President Lewis Hassell and his wife, Mary Bliss Hassell, in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

More than 40 years after Americans were in Vietnam fighting a controversial war, Mormon missionaries are in the Southeast Asian nation spreading a gospel of peace.

In the latest “Mormon Land,” Salt Lake Tribune senior religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack interviews Lewis Hassell face to face in Hanoi, where he oversees the Utah-based faith’s first-ever Vietnam Mission.

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