There are 4 branches there which are part of either the Greece Athens or the
Bulgaria Sofia Mission (I'm not sure which, but will know soon). This particular
fellow emailed FAIR a year or so ago, asking for some apologetics help. I sent him
my son's copy of "Guess Who Wants You for Lunch" and promised my son I'd replace
his copy as soon as the book was back in print. So as soon as it's up on the FAIR
site, I'll be ordering a copy. Anyway, that's another thing, but the point is that
after all this time had elapsed, this fellow took the time to email me back and let
me know the book had been helpful. From his name I take it he's ethnic Armenian,
but that's not particularly unusual in Turkey.

For a map showing the branches in Turkey, see:
http://www.gatheringofisrael.com/atlas/asia/middle_east/TUR_turkey.gif

The Adania Branch consists mostly of US and British servicemen (this is the site of
the NATO base from which the northern "no fly zone" of Iraq is patrolled).

Stacy Smith wrote:

> I had no idea that the church existed in Turkey.  Interesting, since my
> brother-in-law comes from there.
>
> Stacy.
>
> At 10:04 PM 11/29/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>
> >Dear Br. Topakian,
> >
> >It was nice to hear from you again. I certainly hadn't forgotten about
> >you. My son had read the book already while he was in Russia on his
> >mission, but I want to get a replacement copy, and FAIR
> >(www.fairlds.com) has reprinted them and I'll be able to order a copy
> >soon. There are people in my ward I want to lend it out to.
> >
> >Congratulations on being set apart as First Counsellor.  Do you know
> >where other branches in Turkey are? (see www.gatheringofisrael.com and
> >on the left side see the Atlas. But here's a shortcut to my current map
> >of Turkey:
> >http://www.gatheringofisrael.com/atlas/asia/middle_east/TUR_turkey.gif
> >
> >(all branches are branches of the Greece Athens Mission; it's nice to
> >see former enemies united in the Gospel, isn't it? Now if we could just
> >missionaries into Iraq :-)
> >
> >aratopakian wrote:
> >
> > > Dear Elder Schindler , I could not send you and tell you that I am
> > > very grateful to you , because I lost your e-mail address .I am
> > > grateful to you because , you had sent me a book about " How to defend
> > > the anti-mormon attacks ? " . İt was your son's book and I was really
> > > extremely pleased . Now again I am very happy to find you . I am the
> > > first counselor of the branch presidency in İstanbul.I try to serve to
> > > others ( Mosiah 2 : 14-19 ) . I hope that you are all well and I am
> > > glad to meet you . İf you need anything from İstanbul do not hesitate
> > > to write me sir . Meanwhile , I remain with kindest regards and very
> > > best wishes . God bless you and your family . With love ,     Ara
> > > Topakian
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