Worshiping with the Saints in India

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  • nyca411 Menlo Park, CA
    June 25, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    I spent a month in India, so I attended church there a few times. This article brought back all the sights, sounds, and smells of India and of my sweet, humble branch in Chennai. The members were among the finest I've ever met anywhere in the world, and their Sacrament meeting talks were thoughtful and insightful.

    After the meeting, YES, every single member came over to introduce him/herself to me. In fact, the branch president told the congregation to "turn to your left and right and introduce yourselves." I've never heard that coming from a pulpit in the States!

    The R.S. sisters learned quickly that I could sing, so each Sunday they would ask me to teach them how to sing the hymns. I was so touched, I almost burst into tears, as they humbly and sincerely tried to imitate me and follow along.

    Yes, the Gospel and the Church are alive and well in India, among true Latter-day Saint pioneers!

  • joanbeatri Danville, CA
    June 23, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    That's why I love attending church when I travel, whether it is a ward in Monterey, California, or a branch in Mashpee, Massachusetts or a branch on the other side of Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala where the talks were in Spanish and Itzhuil. The spirit is always the same and members are so friendly and welcoming. Years ago (probably 35 years) we got to meet a branch president in Denmark. He wanted to know how far we had to travel to do our home teaching, etc. etc. Even though we only met that day, when we left in the afternoon, they (his family and a couple of missionaries ) sang "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again" and waved white handkerchiefs in our honor as our train back to Copenhagen left the station.

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    June 23, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Scott a very well written article about your experience. We miss you from Johns Creek, enjoy Charleston. Go Cougs!!

  • terrytigger Bountiful, UT
    June 22, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    Wow! Your experience nearly duplicated what I felt last November attending the small branch in Kathmandu Nepal (I think the branch may still be 'stealth' and certainly was not on the church's meetinghouse finder list). After 2 weeks of 'mini' sacrament meetings in rural Nepal with the Branch President, Bishnu Adhikari, leading our group of singles on a Choice Humanitarian expedition, I had the pleasure of visiting his branch back in Kathmandu. It was equally difficult to find with the hotel taxi driver making several cell phone calls, but extremely worth while once we arrived. The talks were given in a mixture of English and Nepali, and just like mentioned above, it felt like a true group of 'Pioneers'. There was even an official Church representative there to take photos and help with the translation of the Book of Mormon into Nepali. I will NEVER forget that day!

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    June 22, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    What a great article.

    To feel the faith of modern "pioneers" of the Gospel in developing countries is such a singular, uplifting experience--even in countries where you do not know the language.

    I marveled at experiencing the reality that you can be so touched and influenced, while only understanding a handful of the words spoken.

    The spirit and attitude of these Saints have a lot to teach the rest of us.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    June 22, 2011 12:04 p.m.


    I lived in Korea for 8 years. I loved it and miss it.

    In the early years of our marriage my wife and I went from Canada to Mazatlan Mexico for a three week vacation. We couldn't seem to find the LDS church. On our third day there my wife was trying on a dress in a small shop. The lady spoke little English but as my wife tried on the dress, she pointed at my wifes garments and said Los Mormones and then pointed at herself and said the same thing.

    She sent for her son who told us where the church was and how to get there. I was about 250 yards from our hotel.

    My wife discovered they had no pianist and offered to play for the meeting. There were two small wards meeting in the building so she offered to play for the other ward too. For three Sundays we spent 6 hours in Church. It was a wonderful time.

  • Spikey Layton, UT
    June 22, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    This reminded me of my wonderful experiences of going to church when I lived in South Korea. Initially I was in a small branch in the city of Chun Chon (Pronounced "Choon Chunn"). I will never forget those wonderful people and how they loved me. Their love was in their faces, as they couldn't speak much English. But I always felt loved, and welcomed.

    I also attended an international ward in Seoul, So. Korea. There were LDS people from over 20 different nations attending that ward---from the Congo to the United States, to Nigeria, to Kazakhstan. It was wonderful too! It was packed, it was like Stake Conference every Sunday.

    Thank you for this article and for taking me back to some of my happiest memories.