Friday, July 17, 2009

Our English-speaking Sunday School class

One of the benefits of moving our apartment is that we now attend the Riga Center Branch where there are enough Americans to have our own Sunday School class. We have members who work at the American Embassy, a man who is over the construction of the secured section of the new American Embassy being built in Riga, and the 4 of us who serve in the office. There have been others who have recently moved from Latvia. The members of the class take turns teaching the Gospel Doctrine lessons. I took my first turn two weeks ago and Sister Humphrey taught her very first Church lesson last Sunday. She prepared for two weeks and, as is always the case, learned more than anyone else about the subject.

A German brother with two sons, ages 16 and 18, were visiting last Sunday and added greatly to the discussion. I visited with him afterwards and learned that he knows Elder F. Enzio Busche, for whom I worked for 2 years, very well. In fact, his father and Elder Busche served together in Germany many years ago. It's a small world in the Church.

It is such a blessing to be able to discuss the Gospel with others who speak English, and to actually be able to participate. We are dependent upon the missionaries for translation in Sacrament Meeting and Relief Society, and grateful for their ability and willingness to do so, but it's wonderful to be able to understand one another and discuss together.

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