These are My People


As a Mormon, we are assigned to a congregation depending on where we live. These areas are called wards. When we moved out East, we had no idea which ward we would be in or how the ward would be.

At first, I was pleasantly surprised because it was such a large congregation. No one wants to be in a tiny ward! But as weeks went by, I noticed a couple other things. To sum it up, our ward had some…. quirks. Yes, I think “quirks” is a good way to describe it. Without going into specifics, let’s just say we are a unique congregation and not a week goes by without something interesting happening! After living here for about a year and a half now, I have to say that I have completely fallen in love with our ward and all of the people.

I am the organist/pianist for our congregation so I sit up on the stand and get to look at everyone. Yesterday, during the Sacrament meeting I started tearing up looking at all of the faces in our ward and thought, “These are my people! They are really my family!”

Our ward is filled with people who are always willing to serve, act in multiple callings and capacities, and most of all, love and support each other. Our ward is also on fire with missionary work! We have had 9 baptisms in the past two months. It’s really incredible and I’m so grateful to be a part of it!

When we were praying about moving out here, we felt like it was just because of T.J.’s work. But now I know another reason is because we were needed in this ward. About a year ago I was kind of struggling with coming to church. It wasn’t anything you should be worried about (mom!), it just is hard sometimes to take the subway to and from church and stay three hours on Sunday with a toddler. But from the example of many others in our ward, I have tried to dedicate myself and serve more! It has truly made a difference and has made me embrace our ward and all of its eccentricities. They have helped me become a stronger Christian and to love without judgement. JC2 forever!

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