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Elder & Sister Dosdall
Editor's note: I met Elder and Sister Dosdall at a BYU luncheon in the Spring of 2012. He kindly wrote the email below and sent it to me for publication. I found it a few days ago and post it now, with apologies, but it is still informative.
The work in India is limited by the church's ability to respond. If 1% joined, worldwide membership would double. Many are willing to listen, but the Brethren have learned from going too fast in other areas of the world that chaos can result if seasoned leadership is not in place. The first modern converts were baptized about 30 years ago, and there are currently about 8,000 members (out of a population of 1.1. billion), and the first stake in India (in Hyderabad) was just announced last month.
Our calling was to teach 200 kids at an orphanage school founded by an Indian doctor who later joined the church and is making the gospel available to the children. I do not know how Heavenly Father decides who is to come to earth as an orphan in India, but we did get to observe how he is gathering select ones to be the next generation of church leadership there. Probably the best place to begin with our story is the Mormon Channel interview we did shortly after our return: http://mormonchannel.org/faith-in-action/33
I will be happy to respond to questions in whatever direction you want to go. We are actively involved in finding LDS families willing to sponsor and mentor a child. Have slideshow, will travel, if you know of any groups who would enjoy a presentation.
After posting the above I had this email exchanged with Jim.
On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM, Wade W. Fillmore <[email protected]> wrote:
I hope you might remember me. I found your May email which I am posting on my website on the 9th of this month, a week from tomorrow. In the meantime, I found this attached piece about India on Delancey Place, a site to which I subscribe. I hope it might be interesting to you. It seems to me there will be plenty of work to do in the millennium.
Wade W. Fillmore
Here is Jimfs reply.
Thanks. Interesting article. We were able to see a little of this as "outsiders" accepted by a few and suspected by many in the villages (though not so in the cities). As far as work in the millennium, I am more interested in the vast work that can be done now. The children of the Pathway Orphanage School are more of the "outsiders" abandoned by their traditions who can reform them from the inside. With their knowledge, testimony, and commitment to the gospel, and their fluency in both Tamil and English, they are being prepared to be the pioneers of the Church in Tamil Nadu. There are millions in India waiting to receive the Gospel when the saints of God here are willing to support the saints in India to bring it to them.
Though we were released from our mission nearly three years ago, we haven't quit. We are still looking for American LDS sponsors to help finance the education of these children up through college and missions. If you or any of your webniks would like to hear a presentation on the church in India, we "have slideshow, will travel".
Jim Dosdall [email protected]