Murat Chakir is a pioneer for the LDS Church in his native country, Turkey. He joined the church while studying in Norway, served a mission to Arizona, completed his education at Brigham Young University, and then returned to Turkey where he served as branch president. He currently serves in the mission presidency of the Central Eurasian Mission, which includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

Episode Highlights

4:55 Personal faith development before joining the church
10:00 School in Norway and discovery of Jesus Christ as more than a prophet
14:30 Meeting the LDS missionaries
16:00 Gaining a testimony of Jesus Christ as a truth-seeker from a Muslim background
18:20 Experiencing the Spirit through the missionaries
19:20 Joining the LDS Church
21:40 Gaining a testimony of a living prophet
23:20 Choosing to go on a mission
24:45 Mission to Arizona and resolution of passport issues
31:30 Working on Book of Mormon translation while at BYU
33:30 Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon compared to translating it into Turkish
35:00 Discovery of 1903 translation by Armenian missionaries; no animosity between nations within the gospel
39:50 Creating the Turkish name for the church
43:40 Return to Turkey and building the church there, from Babylon Street to Dove Street
47:30 Dedication of building by Elder Christofferson
48:25 Experiences as a branch president in a developing area with great challenges, and creation of website that brought in referrals
53:50 Muslim perspective of Christians in Turkey
54:35 Elder Holland quote about his experience dedicating Turkey
56:15 Growth of the church in Turkey
57:15 Attending the temple from Turkey
58:05 Continuing goals and efforts to reach truth-seekers and grow the church
59:50 Being part of a mission presidency over a large area with few members
1:02:00 Suggestions for struggling branch presidents: minister like Christ did
1:04:10 Using technology to create missionary experiences and conversions
1:07:50 We need to be out and listening to the people
1:08:25 Pray for the saints in Turkey, where ancient saints lived


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