Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A New Friend in Doha


Last week a woman posted a comment on my blog about how she had been looking for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Doha for months. Someone pointed her in the direction of my blog, and we connected via email. Last Friday she and her daughter went to church with us. It was so good to help someone. It was even better meeting Juliana and Vivian. When she sent me a photograph of herself so we would know her when we went to pick her up, I felt like I had met her before. She seemed familiar. When we finally met I told her that. She laughed and said she had felt the same when she saw my blog photo. How could we know each other? She is from Brazil, born of Japanese parents, while I am from the United States, born of Canadian and German parents. I think there are common parents we descend from though, which might be why there is some eternal connection.

When we first came to Doha we went two weeks without going to church because of the travel and the Sabbath being on Friday here. We were definitely eager to be with the saints and partake of the sacrament by the time we went to the villa for church. As I thought of Juliana waiting for months to partake of the sacrament and the spiritual strength of church, I just ached for her. The power and strength of the Gospel are such gifts. Thanks for reminding me not to take that for granted Juliana, and thanks for letting us help someone here in Doha. It means so much to me.

6 comments:

Amy said...

What a wonderful post, Dianna. Oh, I love your blog! I wondered when I read Julianna's comment if you would be able to connect and help her get to church. What a happy ending!

P.S. Vivian and Jane have the same shoes. That made me smile, too. Did you get to watch Conference on the computer?

Breeann said...

What a neat story. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways, who would have thought a blog could be so powerful. What a wonderful connection you now have. Keep up the good work!

Marcell said...

Wow I got "goosies" (goosebumps) when I read that story, I can't wait to hear more.

juliana said...

Dear Dianna,
That was a joyous and unforgettable day for me! Every day I thank our Heavenly Father for the privilege of worshiping Him. Now we can go to the Church and be among our brothers and sisters and you made this possible. You and your family are a blessing in our lives. Thank you for been so helpful and kind. Now Qatar became a much better place to live in!
I love the photo. :)

Matt said...

Thanks for helping Juliana find the Church in Qatar. She originally contacted me after I made a post on my blog about the Church in Qatar and I found your blog and gave her the url. I'm happy to see that she was able to attend Church with you guys!

Matt Martinich
ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com

Matt said...

Thanks for helping Juliana find the Church in Qatar. She originally contacted me after I made a post on my blog about the Church in Qatar and I found your blog and gave her the url. I'm happy to see that she was able to attend Church with you guys!

Matt Martinich
ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com