My First Time Inside

Note: This is a soon-to-be-convert’s┬ápersonal experience on the joys, hardships and challenges of leaving her old faith for her new faith. This is my journey, I’m not here for a religious debate.

I was a Catholic all my life. I was an obedient Catholic until first year college. I wouldn’t classify myself as a devoted one though. Yes, I believed in the One-God-Three Persons teaching, I was a Marian devotee, our family celebrated fiesta, I attended processions, I commemorated the Holy Week, I celebrated All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day and Christmas and last but not the least, I loved puto’t dinuguan!

Miel made me aware that his religion’s view regarding these matters are the exact opposite from my religion. He made me aware about all of these things before he asked me to observe.

It was June 23 when I first saw the interior of the Iglesia Ni Cristo church. I was trembling at the start; afraid and at the same time excited. I was afraid of offending the Catholics because there I was, in the area of the group with their religious faith that was different from ours. I was also excited because that was my first time to get inside the Iglesia. I saw how devoted Miel was for his panata.

I wouldn’t go beyond the details of how the INC church looks inside. I am not sure if the kapatiran is open to that.

Am I Officially Engaged?

New boyfriend expresses his desire to settle down with me next year. June 9, 2009 seems like a good wedding date. We don’t intend to make this wedding extravagant; we plan to make it as simple as possible. I don’t have the guts to ask him how much he has saved for him to have the balls to propose to me. I am still assessing my feelings for him if it’s true love or just infatuation.

Anyways, he is bent on marrying me next year. He belongs to a different religion and he asks me to be converted. I have attended two sessions with him and so far, I don’t see anything wrong in their beliefs.

I am still praying if I will push through with the wedding next year. He’s a good person and I don’t want to give him false hopes that I truly love him. Everyday is a special day, though. He loves me very much and he tries hard to prove it to me.

Am I officially engaged? Maybe yes….