Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WOW.

Oh my gosh, I've definitely had the change of heart I've been praying for. I'm learning so much about this branch. I don't even know where to start! I mean, some of these people drive an hour to church. AN HOUR! And that's just one way! Now THAT'S dedication. WOW. So many of them are converts, so they don't know how to lead, or fulfill callings. Their culture is SO laid back, it's just so different! Church usually starts 15 minutes or more late. Kids are running up and down the isles, up to the pulpit and playing on the stairs, crawling under the benches and the parents don't even care! It's crazy! But it's because they feel like everyone is family, so nobody will be offended. And, if they can't come to church, they don't bother to get a substitute, not to be mean, but just because it doesn't even cross their mind! Part of our calling is to show and teach them how to be leaders. How to be responsible. How to sit reverently during sacrament meeting and classes. They are used to going to church for an hour (once in a while) and listening to a sermon and then going home. So this whole 3 hours of church and having responsibility is totally new to them. WOW!!! I mean, I just never thought of these things! Oh, how I have taken church for granted until now!

So far, as of my first Sunday as Y.W. President, I have 4 girls. From what I know about them so far, it sounds like their lives have been hard. Illegal immigrant parents...alcoholic parents...abuse...just, WOW. Two of them get a ride to church every Sunday with a Brother from the ward. I'm so proud of them! I look at these girls and I think of how their lives can change and be blessed with the gospel and knowing that they really are Daughters of a Heavenly Father who knows them and loves them and is always there for them. They were "raised" Catholic, (well, on Easter anyway) so they are very superstitious. I'll have to work on that, too. There hasn't been a Y.W. President in this branch yet that I know of, so I am starting completely from scratch. There is no usual 3 inch binder FULL of useful leadership information or records about the girls, you know...their phone numbers and addresses and birthdays...NADA. They don't know about mutual, or Personal Progress, they don't even have a lesson manual! I don't know how on earth they've survived thus far. But I feel so inspired and honored to get to be the one to get this ball rolling. I have 2 years to get this program structured, organized, and to get the flame lit in their testimonies. I asked them, "So, what do you know about the gospel of Jesus Christ?" And their reply was, "What's the gospel?" (GASP!) This is going to be a lot of work. But I'm excited to do it. I know I'm meant to do it now. OH!!! And Michael, "bless his heart" told President Valdez that I don't want to play the piano. I wish he would have said that I "CAN'T" play the piano...but whatever. I'm just so relieved! Anyway...I think everything is going to be okay. :)

7 people leaving some love!:

Lara said...

What great insight. I'm glad you've got some new perspective and have your own fire lit. I think those girls are very, very lucky to have you. You're going to be awesome.

Anonymous said...

I'm proud of you Nat. It will be hard sometimes, but I'm sure with the lords help you can do it.
Love ya,
Faye

The Mursets said...

I bet you are going to have so many spiritual experiences there. I can't wait to hear about them!

mmmandy! said...

Atta girl!! I'm so happy that you're happy now! You're gonna be AWESOME!!

The Yoder's Four said...

Phew! I'm glad you got out of the piano playing. That was just too much to ask from you on top of being in charge of YW. I'm glad you're feeling better about things! Keep us posted on the progress you make!

Tove said...

Good for you Natalie!! Your love and concern for those girls will change their lives for good.
What an opportunity you have to fulfill a great mission,just trust the Lord, He knows what He is doing and he'll help you raise to the occation.I'm so proud of you.

Mary said...

Well Natalie! What has happened? I can't wait to find out! I have been sitting on the edge of my seat wondering how thing are going. How is your Spanish?
Take care!
Love,
Mary from Golden!