Kim Östman is a native citizen of Finland. He holds an M.Sc. in communication microelectronics and is currently pursuing studies in comparative religion. His main research interests lie with Finnish Mormon history and with the relationship between Mormonism and Finnish society from the 1800s to the present. He has a forthcoming article in the Finnish Journal of Theology on the Latter-day Saint temple tradition and is finalizing an article discussing historical suspicions of Mormon missionaries as spies in Finland, targeted for the Journal of Mormon History.