Stupid Question: do Orthodox teenagers routinely fantasize about being non-Orthodox?
Not, as a majority, but just, is this something priests and parents commonly have to deal with?
More complex question:
I have to reiterate how content I was with my religion growing up. Or rather with the personal faith my parents taught me, which we mutually realized was Orthodox. I remener how happy my mother was after we joined; we were approached by some gross Evangelical missionary and felt so glad to have accessed a better place where we felt at home. Although Inwill say, the first Methodist pastor I had I did love, and back then we had beautiful services. Then he was replaced by a liberal woman and things went all pear shaped as they say. She was then replaced by this somewhat abrasive evangelical praise band enthusiast, who was replaced by a traditionalist who suffered stomach cancer, who was treated horribly by the praise band set, and then another evangelical arrived and the Traditonal service disappeared, so we switched to an adjacent parish where we remained for nearly a decade, until the ticking time bomb of my being a traditionalist and the minister, who I thought of as a close friend, emerged as a homosexual. He was sort of a liturgical formalist. I might still be Methodist if I lived in a town with a conservative Methodist parish and traditional worship, but becoming Orthodox was a sort of breakthrough.
But the key element was I acted with my parents and it was a mutual decison for us; my main contribution was identifying the Syriac Orthodox Church as the best option for our reception based on driving time, our rapport with the clergy and the laity, the music, and also a deep love for the Syriac language and liturgical music. Previously most of our contact had been with the Serbians, who we still love. But since we acted together, even though we did buck against changes the UMC had the right to make, but which we rejected, does our case even fit the pattern of children wanting to change religions or is it as I believe quite different? The only negative pushback I got was from an aunt who we love but who can occasionally be difficult, but I think she has come round to accept our invitation.
By the way, this issue has never come up with our confessor because he obviously is aware of our concurrent reception. It's not really bothering me in any sense but I'm curious if I did in some sense rebel? I would prefer to think that I did not, based on the fact that we were mutually upset about some of the changes in the UMC.