I recently had a visitor in my Sunday School class, a young Beehive who currently lives in Bali, Indonesia. I know from personal experience that there is no LDS branch in Bali. This girl said that her family just attends another Christian church that is in their neighborhood. This reminded me of when I was growing up. At times, we were unable to attend church because of weather or because we were in an area where there was no branch and we were either traveling or in the middle of moving house (I grew up back east). We sometimes did our own sacrament meeting in our house or hotel room. I almost never hear of people doing that anymore. When we are on vacation in Asia we sometimes consider something non-LDS yet spiritual (visiting a Buddhist or Hindu temple or the mausoleum of a reverred communist leader) as our best substitute for the day when there is no nearby LDS church.
What would you do? Would your answer change if you were in the situation for an extended period of time?
As much as I would like to have a sacrament meeting at home in that situation, it’s not an option for me. As a single woman, if the church isn’t organized where I am, I would have no access to the priesthood. So I would probably go find another Christian church to at least experience the communal aspect of worship.
I thought I saw some time ago a story about most of a whole ward that did an annual camping trip. Can’t remember if it was an organized or more informal thing. Anyway, they had been doing it for years and always held their own meeting until a bishop or SP completely shut them down because they weren’t finding an authorized sacrament meeting in an established ward near their campground.
Wish I could remember more about it including some link to the anecdotal story. It might shed light on what was the basis of the SP’s objection to an informal and, in his opinion, unauthorized meeting and whether there was any merit in the prohibition.
Worshipping communally is important to me. I would get more out of attending church elsewhere than having services with just my husband and myself.
None of the above. I sometimes find the best sundays are those spent in nature. We’d probably do a lot of hikes and stuff.
If there’s no ward near you to count you in attendance you are inactive, whether attending another church or not. I don’t see how one can skirt the issue even by holding church at home.