Greetings, Nauvoodles! Well, for a number of reasons, I quit my job teaching English in South Korea. As the visa was connected to the job, I had to leave the country. I'm back in the US but only temporarily. I got hired to teach English in Maoming, China. If any of you has been there, please post here to say what it was like.
I also have two questions for those who may have been in a situation where they are quite some distance away from a Church unit:
How did you handle tithing, including tithing settlement?
Johnhenry, members of my branch pay tithing through automatic debit. We do not have tithing settlement. Our branch falls under the leadership of the mission president in Bulgaria. Someone comes twice a year for Branch Conference and TR interviews. My situation isn't as remote as yours will be, but maybe I've said something that can help. Find out what mission is close by, and I would suggest trying to stay in touch with them.
I wish you well in your new job, and a firm hope you can be an example to those with whom you will associate.
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How do I find jobs like that? Well, my major at university was Linguistics. For those of us with just a Bachelor's degree, the jobs in our field tend to be in a country other than one of the English-speaking countries. I walked out of my last job in South Korea because the school I got transferred to was ridiculous and in the public school system, the foreign teachers cannot transfer to another school during the course of the year-long contract, not even if they find another foreign teacher in the same public school system willing to switch schools.
Hm, in South Korea, tithing can be paid via EFT, although I personally never tried to do it that way. I really do not know if it can be done for a unit in the United States. I was "read into" the local ward here in Georgia this past Sunday.
I'll speak to a member of the Bishopric this coming Sunday about these questions, then. I do know there is at least one unit of the Church inside the PRC and more than a couple of units in one of my favorite places--Hong Kong. Luckily for me, the place I'm going is sort of close to HK.
Why don't you try putting your address into meetinghouse locator and seeing what comes up as the official place of church. There is an international mission that covers all areas of the world that doesn't have a specific mission, under whose jurisdiction you would be. (Presumably you attended a South Korean ward, which should have had your records and could renew your TR.)
This is what I found in googling it: Central China Interntional Branch, 1 Xibahe South Rd, 4/F Beijing Jin Tai Bldg BEIJING CHINA
There are branches throughout China. I have a friend who joined the church here in the UK before she returned to China. They meet and have their own services, but she tells me that they are not allowed to have joint meetings with any westerners, who have their own meetings organised from a central area.
Call the number on Skype and ask them how it's organised. As a westerner, I'm guessing you may have to go further to continue attending church/have recommend interviews/etc.
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I didn't see this before, hope things went well for you. Maybe you can find some LDS members who work for the State Dept? I acutally know one person who is over there, no idea how close it is to your area. Good luck. Maybe thru Hong Kong there are connections, within the last year or so a couple in my stake who had served in the Hong Kong temple returned from serving a mission in that temple, they shared some nice stories. I hope you can find some friends over there and won't be too isolated.
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