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Living by the scriptures

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. — Matthew 18:20

Some time ago, my husband and I lived in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, for five-and-a-half years working on a copper and gold mine. It was in a very remote location, high in the mountains of the Equator with only one winding, steep access road. For three years there were other members of the Church that we met with each Sunday, but eventually all of them left for one reason or another. Ultimately, there were only two members of the Church — my husband and myself.

We lived there for another two-and-a-half years. The only contact we had with other Church members was when we came out on our holidays.

I thought that it would be extremely difficult for us, but I was surprised to find great truth in the scripture: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there will I be in the midst of them."

Instead of going inactive, or dwindling in unbelief, we grew and developed in the gospel. We continued our gospel habits of daily prayer and scripture study in our home. We met each Sunday in the lounge room of our home, dressed up in our best clothes for Church. We had permission for sacrament meetings, sang hymns of praise to taped Church music, and we taught one another from the gospel doctrine lesson manual. We fasted, and bore our testimonies to each other each fast Sunday, and the Spirit was so strong. What a precious experience that was to stand before my dearly beloved husband and bear my testimony to him and before my Father in Heaven. How grateful I am for the principles of the gospel. How grateful I am that we can practice these things in our home. — Jocelyn M. Fortune, Dunedin, New Zealand