We all appreciate those experiences that give you a bigger perspective.
Church is a 7 hour ordeal out here when you include the 2 hour bumpy, hot, crowded bus ride to and from the Chennai branch. The branch has a healthy gathering of Indians, several ex-pats, 3 sets of missionaries and witnessed a baptism today. Although the heavy Indian accents meant we could hardly understand a majority of the testimonies, as Charity put it, "the Spirit speaks the same language to everyone." It definitely gives you a different perspective when you see how much more effort it takes to be an active member in a third world Hindu country.
We learned in Relief Society that only one of their sisters has been to the temple, she being fortunate enough to afford the trip to Hong Kong. She said with a big smile, "I've only been to the temple once, but that is enough to last me a lifetime." It was one of those humbling moments when you remember that you work across the street from one temple and live 7 minuets away from another. We're grateful for the bigger perspective we got today.
Dani & Charity singing "I am a Child of God" for a blind leprosy afflicted man.
Parents came yesterday to see their children perform at "Sports Day." The flags, banners and programs were all made by hand.