Saturday, June 25, 2011

Love, Love, Love: our church

Ok I will be the FIRST to admit it.  I HATED our church (we call our congregations wards, and I'll refer to it as our ward from hereon out).  I hated that every time I met a friend they'd move away.  I hated that I'd look around the room and just feel like I had absolutely nothing in common with these women.

In reality I mostly hated that I had to work every other Sunday so I wasn't able to really sink into church like I wanted to. 

But slowly I found some friends.  Of course, they'd move... but I had them, and each and every one of them changed me.

I worked with the youth for a long time, and I found that work to be SO enjoyable.  I love those girls.  I love them to this day and I will love them forever.  They are my girls, and I want to be in their lives even when they're old and grey. :)

This area brings so much diversity and I really feel like people can be WHO. THEY. ARE. here.  There's no pretense of perfection in this ward.  Every one's accepted on what terms they come on.  I love that.

I love that I feel like I have friends of all ages in this ward.  I no longer feel like there's an age I can't be friends with.  Honestly, there aren't a lot of women with Jr. High aged kids in our ward, but I don't really feel like that matters because I find so much in common with each and every one of these woman.

They say they're so sad to have me go, and while they may be lying... I know what it's like to lose a friend in this ward and I hate pulling away from it.

We have been so blessed to be in this ward and to meet the amazing people that we have met.  Love, love, love.

1 comment:

  1. Not that I didn't like the ward when I first moved in, but, similar to you, I didn't feel like I had anything in common with anyone or had any friends. Having moved a bazillion times in the past 6 years I have learned how to just jump right in so making friends came quicker this time than any other move. And I must say, you were one of those first people that really made me feel like I belonged here. Thank you Hilary!!!

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