Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
This man was excited about what he had learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He brought his friends and students to listen with him. There is no Church in his area and he was willing to wait to have baptism. It took special decisions all the way up the line to Hong Kong but last week this man was baptised. The desire of his heart was met.
In patience came another blessing. This man brought his brother and sister-in-law to be taught and when all three were baptised their parents came to be with them and to study.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Gandhi. So why do you make the three hour trip south? Just because you have come a long way to India and in this part of India it seems that there is not a lot of historical sites to see. It may not be true but we have asked many and we think it is.
The waves crash on the shore here and that could be relaxing but this mission is not a time to relax so will we come yet a third time? See the next blog and still we will all be guessing.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Pondicherry was established in 1742 by the French. Many came to conquer but the French always won and maintained the area under their rule until 1954. Joan of Arc is still a presence to this day.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This fire escape that you see is located in the back corner of the building. It is right out of the women's Relief Society room which is right next to the children's nursery room. The question of women and children first is not an issue. It just seems that only fire would motivate you to step out!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Some place in the world there was a procession fifty miles long to celebrate this Hindu god. We looked out one night and saw the traditional design usually drawn in front of door ways now drawn in the street. It was enlarged to fill the whole intersection. A parade began and it was not longer than 32 feet, not fifty miles. Never the less the worship was sincere. Our neighborhood is very Hindu but still I have never seen more that thirty people in any religious parade here.
Hinduism is not really a religion but a way of life. In a sense you could say that it is a political party too. This party lost control in the election in the late spring. It continues to make serious mistakes and is losing respect of the next generation. For awhile news of the US was blocked to our computers, but little things that we picked up made me think that our political system is not in very good shape either.
Before we left for India I heard things like, "If you don't agree with me you are not patriotic." Unfortunately that was my party speaking. I grew up in what is now referred to as the OC. Conservative, but practical and hopefully pragmatic. I have spent my life serving others starting as a child delivering May Day baskets to very senior citizens and ending washing dishes after meals prepared to feed the homeless.
If you believe that you are a child of God then you have to serve. God gave us our intelligence, our physical strength and many times an abundance of goods. God expects us to share our means and our talents.
In this mix we have agency. We get to choose how and when we will help others. This is difficult when others vote for something we did not want. Now we get into politics. I see India about fifty years behind us, but remember nothing stands still. If we as a nation can't improve we must be backsliding. It goes with all the backbiting in politics. Let's turn this around and begin to embrace our differences. It is what made us strong and what will keep us strong.
We do not have to think like our neighbors, but we always want to respect them. It is a small gesture, but RESPECT for our fellow men could one day save our nation.