Only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and especially in the state of Utah is it possible to move without moving. For nearly 10 years we have been members of the Pleasant View 2nd Ward and then 'boom', suddenly on Sunday we are 8th Warders...a boundary change changes everything.
For the first six or seven years we lived here, we wondered why we were separated from the rest of our neighborhood and wished we could be in a ward with them so we could become better acquainted. We went through three other boundary changes, expecting each time to see our cul-de-sac included with the rest of our subdivision, it didn't happen. Finally we quit thinking about it and just enjoyed our wonderful ward members and grew closer to them. Wouldn't you know when we were feeling the most comfortable...presto chango.
The hardest part for me was being mass released from my calling. For the past four weeks I had the privilege of teaching the 7/8 year old primary class. I bonded with these children so quickly and found the thought of not being with them the most painful part of the whole ordeal. Going from the 1:00 p.m. to the 9:00 a.m. schedule is Rob's only issue, "especially on the week that daylight savings time starts!" he complained. Bryan hasn't said much of anything and Camille is worried about her former young women leaders since nearly the entire Mia Maid class lived in our section of ward being moved.
The only other concern we've discussed is Kelly coming home to a different stake AND ward when he returns from Uruguay in five weeks. (Yes, just five weeks and three days until Kelly lands at Salt Lake International Airport!!!) In the 2nd Ward his report was scheduled and the entire congregation was so excited to hear about his mission. Now the 8th Ward isn't even aware of Elder Ahern and his amazing conversion and missionary experiences. We have some work to do introducing our new ward to an amazing young man.