Erdene Otgon Tsagaankhun, one of Mongolia’s growing population of young Mormons, has just spent two years trying to spread the word as a missionary — in the United States.

The 24-year-old is one of around 1,000 young Mongolians the Mormon church has sent to other countries to — as she puts it — “go out on the street, in cars, on the bus, and find people to teach about Jesus Christ”.

Their existence is a mark of how successful the Mormon church has been at converting young Mongolians since the early 1990s, when the fall of communism brought religious freedom to the traditionally Buddhist nation.

The political vacuum and economic hardship that followed enabled a number of Christian groups to enter the country, providing aid and English language teaching, an attractive mix in the impoverished country of 2.7 million people.

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