church all around the world


want to know one of the best ways to feel like a local
when traveling in a new place? go to church. no matter
what religion you are or which church you choose to visit,
it is an amazing experience to attend church in new places.
it puts you with locals attending their weekly meeting, lets
you experience the culture and language of the place, and for
us – strengthens our beliefs to see our church in all different areas.

IMG_4146 copywhile backpacking europe this summer, we made it a goal to
get to church every sunday that we could. sometimes while
traveling on shorter trips we want to use our time to see a new
place and we don’t always make it to church, but we knew that
we would really need to prioritize tracking down chapels and
planning ahead for sundays so we could be somewhere to attend
church. in the past 5 months since we left, we only missed church
4 times…and each sunday when we stepped into a new church
building in a new country with the message in a new language,
we felt so grateful for the chance to pause, sit down, soak in the
spirit, and feel something normal in our very out-of-comfort-zone
life. i can’t tell you how amazing our different experiences have
been at church throughout europe – meeting amazing members,
getting dinner invites, talking with missionaries and making
connections from home, listening to translations in headsets,
and most of all…feeling that exact same spirit every time.
we feel lucky to be part of a pretty unique church that is
the same wherever you go on earth. yes, the languages and
the building and the people are beautiful and different everywhere,
but the gospel itself is constant and familiar and feels like stepping
into a hug every time you cross the threshold of a church. sorry to
go on about it, but i’ve never appreciated it more than these last
months and i had to write it down. over the past 5 months i snapped
a few pictures of church signs in different languages and little
glimpses of some special memories as we cabbed, trained,
bussed, metro-ed, ran, and walked to find church each week.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetour life ^^ always with translating headsets on for sacrament meeting!

IMG_4146^^ church in italy. benvenuti!
IMG_2042polish church!
IMG_8585church in french ^^ (always my favorite :)
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetdutch book of mormon ^^ taken at our new amsterdam ward!
IMG_4200german church sign in vienna, austria ^^
a funny memory here: all of our church’s meeting times are
listed online, so we had planned a train into vienna on
sunday morning specifically to make it to church since
we had been in the countryside. it was unusually hot that
week, and after we rode the metro all the way out there…
we arrived to find that the bishop had changed the sacrament
meeting time due to the heat, and it was over. we were sweaty
and frustrated and then the young men’s president organized
a blessing of the sacrament just for us. it was such a special
memory and made it so worth it to change our plans that day.
IMG_2043
IMG_4367IMG_0120all of the time on the road also gave me time to really
study and use guides for the BOM and bible. along
with reading lots of regular books, it was such an
amazing time to focus more on the important things
and truly have time to soak them in while traveling.

IMG_4016i followed a 100 day scripture study guide on the road
and
finished it one of our final days! best feeling.
IMG_8584IMG_2574 IMG_4369 IMG_5720we lived in london this fall after our travels, so we
loved having the beautiful hyde park chapel as our
ward for a little over a month. now being down in
south africa we’re getting to attend wards in little
villages and johannesburg neighborhoods and see
even more diverse settings where the feeling is still the
same. we can’t wait to be back living in amsterdam soon &
(finally) actually be members of one ward with callings again!
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IMG_4153i am so grateful for the perspective, goodness and hope
that our church brings to our lives. i truly cannot
imagine life without it. through europe we saw so
much beauty and experienced so much that God
has created, so it was fitting to be able to worship
each week through that experience. thanks for
letting me share these things that are special to
me! i hope no matter what religion or church
you choose, that you go anywhere you can.
it was our favorite thing about being on the road.

xoxo


'church all around the world' has 22 comments

  1. December 11, 2015 @ 6:50 am [email protected]

    Very impressive that you guys only missed church 4 times and that you also did the scripture guide. That is a true testament to your faith. I’m curious about how the headsets work? Do they just record the sermon (sorry if that’s not the correct term, I’m not familiar with the Mormon church) ahead of time and have someone staffed to do translations in the popular languages? Or did you guys call ahead to let them know you were coming and that you would need a translation? Either way, that’s great that its something that was provided. I’m sure you guys will be happy to be settled with a regular church family

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    • emi

      December 12, 2015 @ 10:44 pm emi

      yes i was thinking that was probably confusing! so most churches will just have headsets and a bilingual missionary in the ward will translate live as the talk is happening! it’s such a nice thing they provide :)
      thanks for your nice comment!

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  2. December 11, 2015 @ 3:37 pm Anna

    I have been looking for a Book of Mormon study guide. Do you mind sharing which one you used?

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    • emi

      December 12, 2015 @ 10:45 pm emi

      hi! yes it was one that my home ward actually put together and printed out … it’s a collection of all different guides, i loved it! if you want it i can email it to you!

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      • December 21, 2015 @ 7:38 am Emily

        Could you email the study guide to me as well?
        thanks!

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  3. December 11, 2015 @ 9:24 pm Kari

    What a wonderful commitment and way to stay grounded!

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  4. December 12, 2015 @ 9:11 am Ashley

    This is the best best post. Love you.

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  5. December 12, 2015 @ 9:28 am Mara

    I remember loving going to church in China. It was very “secretive” and we couldn’t talk about it much outside of church or our home, but it was such a great testimony builder. We had church in a big house – obviously very different than a church house from home but so perfect and fun.

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    • emi

      December 12, 2015 @ 10:46 pm emi

      YES we went once in china as well and it was mind-blowing to realize how it is there! such dedicated members. amazing!

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  6. December 12, 2015 @ 10:07 am Leslie

    One of my favorite things about the church! Constantly constant!

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  7. December 12, 2015 @ 2:35 pm Kaitlin

    while I’m not a part of the mormon church, I do have a lot of friend who are and they appreciate how present it is all around! I feel the same about November Project, though it is a bit different :)

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    • emi

      December 12, 2015 @ 10:46 pm emi

      yes! just so nice to have anything constant that you can rely on all over! :)

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  8. December 13, 2015 @ 11:02 am Laurie

    Sweet post. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. December 13, 2015 @ 4:49 pm Emily

    Thank you for sharing this post! The church being so international is amazing! I’ve never seen a study guide like that (convert probs!) – is it on Pinterest?

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    • emi

      December 15, 2015 @ 5:23 am emi

      hi! i haven’t seen it on pinterest because a lady in our ward just put it together, but i’ll have her send it to me again and post the link here!

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  10. December 13, 2015 @ 10:40 pm kelsey

    Email me the guide you’re using! I’ve been looking for a good one to start in January :) ‘

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    • emi

      December 15, 2015 @ 5:23 am emi

      i will! i have to get it again from my mom and then i’ll forward on! :)

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  11. December 15, 2015 @ 7:00 am Mackenzie

    Hi Emi!

    I too would love to have the 100 day scripture guide. Can you please email it to me as well? Love your blog and adventures!

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  12. December 18, 2015 @ 2:26 am Lindsay

    Hi Emmy, you may have already been here:

    https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g188590-d190585-Reviews-Museum_Our_Lord_in_the_Attic-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html

    But in case you had not, you must visit this church museum in Amsterdam. It is an amazing sight, and a true testament to what lengths people will go to for their faith!

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    • emi

      December 18, 2015 @ 6:11 am emi

      thanks so much for sharing this!! i have heard about it but now need to go ASAP!

      Reply

  13. emi

    January 1, 2016 @ 8:37 am emi

    I just sent the study guide to all who asked for it! :)

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  14. February 10, 2016 @ 7:32 pm natasha

    Hello,
    can you email me a copy of your study guide. It’s looks very impressive. My husband and I will be traveling to Paris and this will give me plenty time to reflect on our long journey.

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