Many individuals from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while living in other nations, including the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia. Chinese language congregations are now found in several countries.
Many of these Chinese members remain where they have been working or studying, but many also return to China and do not know how to find the Church in their country and may not understand how they should comply with Chinese laws in relation to religious practice.
This website seeks to answer “Frequently Asked Questions” by PRC Church members outside China and by Church leaders who work around the world with those members. It gives needed basic information for PRC Chinese members returning to China, including whom to contact for information, attending Sunday Church meetings and encouragement to observe relevant Chinese laws. Also provided are links to online Church resources in simplified Chinese.
Over the years, the Church has built a strong relationship of trust with the People’s Republic of China by always respecting the important laws and traditions of that country. In order to observe Chinese laws and directions on religious activities, the Church is blocking access to this website so it cannot be viewed inside China.
Read the news release introducing this website.
Please contact our Church priesthood leader who assists local PRC members in China. We refer to him as China Administrative Unit (CAU) director. He lives in Beijing. His email is email@example.com. He will welcome you, answer your questions, provide times and places for Sunday meetings, and establish your Church membership in the right place.
Yes. Local members meet on Sundays in various cities around China, led by local priesthood leaders, with local families and members of all ages, professions, and family situations.
In fundamental spirit, Church scriptures, doctrines, and the gospel friendship of the Latter-day Saints are the same everywhere. Around the world, including in China, meeting places may be larger or smaller, rented, and closer or farther to where members live. But Chinese members returning to China will find a warm spirit, close feelings one to another, and mutual support, service, and love.
The Church follows established official guidelines for its establishment and the activities of its members in China. Within established guidelines, Church members are able to pursue personal individual belief and practice.
After education or employment, Chinese baptized overseas returning to China have had Sunday meetings since 2004.
Hong Kong or Taiwan Church members who live in China can attend local Church meetings. Hong Kong or Taiwan Church members who travel to China for business or tourist purposes should attend Church meetings with foreign members.
Of course. It is natural for relationships among friends to continue. Friendships and associations with foreigners are not restricted in China, though Church meetings for foreign and local Church members are held separately in China, and local and foreign Church members do not meet together for Church. When a new Chinese member joins the Church, please include in their baptism record their home address in China, an email and QQ address, mobile number, and a family member or friend in China. This will help everyone keep in touch. Please do not send email or other messages to those who are not members of the Church or whom you do not know personally. Obey the rules of internet usage. For example, some social websites are not allowed to be used in China.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be directed to an expatriate Church leader in Beijing who can provide Sunday Church times and places where expatriate Church members are permitted to meet. If you are an expatriate member moving to China, you will be directed to an expatriate priesthood leader for the area in which you plan to live. Please remember, in China, expatriate members and local Chinese members meet separately.
(Hong Kong or Taiwan Church members, please refer to “Do Hong Kong or Taiwan members attend Church with foreign or local Chinese members in China?”)