Mongolian stake president, wife fulfill Pres. McKay prophecy

In an October address at BYU-Idaho, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve hailed the bravery of Oyun Altangerel, a Mongolian woman who paved the way to religious freedom in her country. Her son, Odgerel Ochirjav, is also a pioneer of sorts.

He was called to be the first stake president in Mongolia, on June 7, 2009.

Odgerel began this spiritual journey when his mother introduced him to Mormon missionaries in 1994. She had been baptized only a year before. Six years later, in 2000, Odgerel found himself attending the Asian Executive Management Training at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

"I was at that time serving as a branch president in Mongolia," Odgerel said. "Having been able to see how experienced church leadership is done at BYUH wards and stakes was a great learning time for me. I truly feel that BYUH, PCC and the community of Laie are part of a gospel-learning and -living laboratory."

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