I was a bit nervous about my transition back to "regular church," full of old and young, babies, newlyweds, etc. Where would I fit, would I make friends, find people to relate to, etc? However, I did know all along that I really wanted to fully jump in and do whatever I need to do to get involved and have people get to know me.
I am really grateful for how welcome I feel and opportunities that have arisen for me to participate and make friends, even though I've only officially attended this congregation for two weeks.
I already have home teachers who visited me. One is from Mauritius, the other from France - we will have French lessons each time they visit me. They are both gregarious and we'll be friends, I'm sure.
I know two other people in the ward from DC (all the way back to 1999). They've invited me over for dinner on Sunday. Yay!
I've gotten a couple phone calls from other people in the ward, wanting to welcome me in, and even asking if I can fill in on the organ from time to time. Sigh, maybe I let that news out too soon, but I'm happy to play. And I'm going to make dessert for a Relief Society cooking class in a couple weeks. I'm excited.
If only every new member or visitor at church felt like I do. There's a challenge to me, to be as welcoming to everyone else as they've been to me. This is gonna be good.