Over dessert, the conversation somehow turned to my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe it started because I mentioned there was a temple in East Germany before the wall came down after our new friend from Berlin talked of a lack of consciousness in her generation of the difference between East and West Germany. I spoke briefly of the purpose of temple worship, the difference between Sunday worship in chapels versus temple worship, and a little of my own experience with revelation in temples. Questions were asked about whether that was where I married my husband (yes), whether my husband was Mormon (yes), and the standards of worthiness that are required to attend the temple. That, in turn, lead to a discussion of revelation I have received in the temple about my marital relationship over the course of our courtship and engagement (don't worry, baby, I didn't share everything - our secret the we will have three girls over the course of our marriage is safe :-)).
The conversation ended with my new Berlinian friend saying she needed to go look up Mormonism (for which I gave her the right sites) and try to correct the misperceptions she had heard.
I wonder how many more conversations I will have like this and wonder how much my being here will correct misperceptions. I hope many things, but especially that I will be able to represent my faith, my family, and myself well as I continue to interact with the many cultures and faiths that I meet here at Oxford.