Today's coverpage of the Ilford Ward programme features this quote from John 6, verse 57
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father :
so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
The eateth part refers to the bread in the Sacrament, which is passed around every Sunday morning, as is also the water.
(In times gone by, they used to serve white wine in some of the churches, until the practice was stopped as this was possible to poison; but as the Saviour gave up his blood, water is passed around during the Sacrament).
There were three speakers today, Sister Claire Smith, who grows a wide variety of vegetables in her garden, talked about Obedience, the virtue of observing the Scriptures, not envying her brother's much bigger kitchen, but of course she is happy with her small kitchen. To keep by the Commandments cannot be difficult : There aren't many amongst us who would even think of killing, let alone doing such a deed; well, we occasionally may get irritated enough to think that, but we soon put it out of mind, and talk with the offender just like old friends. That's how Christ would have us live.
The next speaker was Sister Brodie, who gave a fine talk.
Brother Bernard Hayden was the third speaker, and as we sit together quite often, I had the privilege to read his speech and so was able to jot down some of his talk. Bernard's father was the eldest of nine children, and his mother the eldest of five. Two of his uncles and two aunts played the paino. At Christmas they visited their grandfathers and grandmothers and it was always a joyous occasion, with so many musicians and comedians in the family.
When Bernard was four years old, they drove all the way to Great Yarmouth from Barking....in the family's Armstrong Sidderley car. Bernard had a happy childhood. His teachers said he came to school to enjoy himself (which was not a good thing!).8 But of course he did well in his studies, and held a good job as an engineer for many years before retirement.
During the war, his family was evacuated to Wales. "But while we were evacuated, nothing much happened." You can tell God has always looked kindly after Bernard and his family. He is a kindly soul, as he is as our Heavenly Father has been to him. He and his brother went to the South Park chapel, a Roman Catholic school, from age of 8 to 18, taught by Nuns. Students who had a 100 percent attendance record were awarded a book each term, and Bernard collected 10 books. The school taught him value of Obedience, Discipline and Good Christian Manners. (You can imagine his was the Queen Mother's favourite family). He was baptised here, and recalls that Friday was always the communion service for the elder boys. His parents were members of the Seven Kings Baptist Church, and he says it was good to have had such good Christian parents.
When a accomplished gentleman like Bernard tells the congregation about his charmed life, one can sense the value of a sound Christian upbringing can have in people's lives. It is a testimony of a life lived happily with the light of the Lord to guide him always. Brother Bernard is in his eighties, and the Scriptures have always influenced his life.
Sister Amy Davis was making a short stopover in London, and came in on a surprise visit. I had an inkling that she would be visiting in January, but I didn't realise it would be so soon and so unannounced. She is a delightful personality, now at Uni in America, studying dietetics. She will bring good knowledge and good habits into people's lives, to that I can testify. She is flying out tomorrow, so I won't be able to see her again (this time). I wish you a safe journey back home, Amy.
Brother Nana Aggrey said a few words which make perfect sense. "Jesus Christ has paid with his life so humanity can live happily. The way to take advantage of it is to read the Scriptures." Nana recently returned from Ghana and had a bout of malaria, and he is steadily recovering from that. This man too is a King at heart. He is developing some business with his home country, Ghana. He will make great success, I believe, if he has the support of the Mormons.
The love of Christ, the faith that everything will work out fine if we live by his teachings, is something that holds us all together, a big Heavenly Family on earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That is a good enough foundation.
(written by Brother Duru Dadlani, from some jottings and paraphrasing).
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