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Country sites aid missionary effort

In 1996, Manfred Riem was a student and computer enthusiast in Holland who was searching for computer information on the Internet one night from his parents' home when he found a site with a reference to the Church out of Orem, Utah.

Intrigued by anyone who would mention his religion on his homepage, Manfred e-mailed for more information. A reply came quickly and a gospel discussion ensued.

By the time missionaries arrived at his home, Manfred had read an electronic version of the Book of Mormon on the Web and was well versed in the gospel. He joined the Church three months later.

Several years later, because of his background with web development, he was called to be a member of the Netherlands Country Web site team, a site that receives an average of 8,000 hits a day.