Tomorrow, I’m attending a new ward. In the vernacular of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint or Mormon, that means I’m attending a different congregation. This time, it’s a little different though because I’m not moving (wards are organized by geographical boundaries). I have been attending a Young Single Adult ward or YSA ward for the past 12 or so years; however, at 31, you’re no longer considered a young single adult and instead can attend a Mid-Single Adult Ward or a Family Ward (general congregation for members of all ages and stages).
So, tomorrow, I’m attending my Family Ward. As I think about what this adventure looks like and feels like, I’ve got lots of big feelings. But rather than writing about those feelings, I decided that I’d like to share some things that I’m hoping to encounter.
- Someone who invites me to sit with them.
- Someone who gets to know me.
- Someone who shares about their life and gives me an opportunity to contribute.
- Genuine care, compassion, interest and welcome.
- I’d love to get to know people by being invited over. <I really should do more of that!>
- Someone who helps me make connections with others.
You see, I am convinced that part of the reason I am in the current life circumstances I am in is so that I can gain a perspective that I will need in the future. One day, I will be the member of a congregation who gets to welcome a new young, single woman into the ward. I want to remember what was helpful to me on that day so I can be the person I wish someone had been for me. Not saying that someone isn’t going to be that person, you know what I mean. 🙂