17 June 2007

Enjoying Diversity

The first Sunday we attended our new ward in Texas, I was delighted to hear an Asian accent and a Hispanic accent as the Sacrament prayers were given. At the conclusion of our meetings, I realized that we had the blessing of moving into a ward that had a wonderful mixture: born-in-the-Church & converts; native Texans & people from various states and other countries; young, old & everything in between. In Relief Society, as different opinions were expressed, I sensed an open-heartedness that was refreshing and inspiring.

The day we moved into our new house, we noticed that many of the neighbors came outside with their children, and the first two families we met were from South Africa and India.

We look forward to making many new friends!


Belladonna said...

I couldn't agree more! I have loved the experiences I have had in wards where there is nice mix of people from different backgrounds. I currently attend a very white-bread ward of nice people but the cookie-cutter homogeneouos nature of the group does leave something lacking. I've recently applied for a job in another state and one of the things I am eager about if I happen to get the position is the fact that the ward I visited there has a much more diverse mix. I think that is a very healthy way to experience the gospel.

Stephen said...

I've loved living in Texas myself.