Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cultural Experiences in Kuala Lumpur

We were invited to accompany another senior couple, the Colmans to an Iranian Cultural Celebration which was  a fundraiser dinner for the disabled children's Day Care Center.   The LDS Charities has provided assistance to this center for many years and they spoke very highly about the LDS church as they were introducing us.  When we arrived we were met by the hostess, Elle, who seated us graciously at the head table.  They treated us like someone really special, little did they know we are just missionaries for the church.  They even served us first for the dinner. 

They were celebrating the Iranian New Year and each of these items is very symbolic

This delightful young man is the recipient of one of LDS Charities wheelchairs. 

There were six fires that they kept burning all evening, and the people would run and jump over each fire.   They believe that you leave the bad spirits and evil in the fire and so you will have a happy and prosperous new year.

The Iranian dinner was  very good. 
They told me it is not spicy just very flavorful.
  Have you ever tried to eat a chicken breast with a plastic spoon. 
That was definitely a challenge.

The magician and his darling family were celebrating a birthday.

This is Elle, the hostess and the woman who runs the day care center. 
She followed us to the car and gave us flowers from the decorations.
They smelled heavenly.

This video gives you an idea of the music and the dancing that they did.  The Colmans actually joined in the dancing.  I was not brave enough to try it.  I hope this works.

Our next adventure in Kuala Lumpur was a Thai Buddhist Temple.

A very beautiful and amazing place.  They were celebrating something so there were monks chanting and people were marching around. 
It is so interesting to see the way that other cultures worship.

This is one of their Goddesses.

Worshippers were making their offerings to these Gods and Goddesses.

I was intrigued by this very large Buddha. 

The reason we were in Kuala Lumpur was to attend a Zone/Mission Tour Conference where we were taught by a general authority Elder Evans, who is in the Asia Area Presidency.  It was a very wonderful meeting and I am so thankful to know that we are taught by God's servants here on earth and  can learn the things
He wants us to know so that we can better serve here in the Singapore Mission. 
I feel blessed to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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