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Monday, November 10, 2008

Bursting

Finally.

I have been wanting to talk about this for over a week, and now that I finally have permission to do it, I don't even know where to start. I suppose the beginning is as good a place as any, so here goes...

On Halloween, during trick-or-treating, Joel got a call from the Stake Executive Secretary, asking us to meet with the Stake Presidency on Sunday morning. Just from that phone call alone, we knew something big was up, and we hoped it was as simple as being called to stake music or something. Still, we both couldn't shake the feeling that it was something a little bigger than that, because why wasn't Mr. Executive Secretary doing Halloween-type things with his family?

We just had no idea what bigger thing it could be.

Well, when we got there, indeed we met with the entire Stake Presidency. That is pretty unusual, as many of you know. The Stake President told us that our ward was going to be split and that Joel was being called as a counselor in the Bishopric of the new ward.

(For those of you who aren't LDS: As you may know, we do not have paid clergy. Instead, the members of each congregation (ward) are given callings. The Bishop is the Priesthood leader of each ward, and he has two counselors who assist him with his duties. A stake is a unit made up of several wards, and presided over by a Stake President and his two counselors, also volunteers who are called to serve in these positions. Most members have a calling of some sort, either in leadership, or teaching a children's class, or leading the music, or whatever. There are always lots to go around.)

Needless to say, this wasn't at all what we were expecting, and it has been a little overwhelming. We are already so busy, and we knew this was only going to magnify that, but we also knew we would be blessed immensely. Joel has spent the last week feeling inadequate and humbled. I have spent it worrying about how I will manage sitting all by myself with the kids in sacrament meeting, and freaking out about how I will make Sunday dinner and how I will deal with having Joel gone more often than he already is which means making dinner more often. (So thanks for all the recipe help!!!!) I haven't worried about Joel being inadequate, because I know he isn't.

I married him because he is a spiritual giant (one of many reasons, actually). Really. I couldn't ask for a better man in that regard. He is meticulous about making sure we have Family Home Evening and family scripture study and family prayer. He tries harder than anyone I know to keep every commandment. To do everything that God asks of him. I'm not surprised about this calling one bit.

Yesterday he was sustained by the members of the new ward, ordained a High Priest, and set apart in his new calling. I was on the verge of tears (okay, so not just on the verge, I all out cried) for most of it. I am just so thankful for him and for his example to me and the girls. I am thankful he is a righteous and worthy priesthood holder. I am thankful for the spirit he helps to bring into our home.

And, strange as it sounds, I am thankful for this new calling. It is a new opportunity to serve, and a new opportunity for both of us to grow. I know that it will take a lot of sacrifice (like having to learn to make more than spaghetti), but all of the blessings will surely be worth it.

Right?

Of course, right.

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32 comments :

  1. Congratulations to Joel! The blessings will indeed be worth it, and what you'll most likely find is that you'll figure out how to handle sacrament meeting by yourself - and that the ward members will be more than willing to extend a helping hand.

    Just don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

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  2. I had a feeling your new dinner schedule was because of something like this!

    And you're right--your family will feel blessings to make up for the time he's gone. What a great guy you have.

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  3. This is great! I'm sure he will magnify his calling to the fullest extent.

    And it will probably be overwhelming until things get going for a little while.

    Good luck!

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  4. Congrat! Sounds like a great accomplishment for Joel and your family.

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  5. You'll both do well in your new assignments -- Joel as second counselor and Lara as cook!! ha ha. Joel was an excellent second counselor in the EQ presidency before being called as second counselor in the bishopric. He'll do an awesome job -- and he'll actually get to work with the youth (most likely), which I'm sure will be fun after dealing with elders for so long!! We'll miss you guys in the ward.

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  6. WOW! Congrats to your family! What an amazing responsibility that I'm sure will greatly bless your family!

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  7. We are excited to be going to the new ward, and that Joel is in the bishopric. He will do such a great job. And if you even need anything, let us know!! Thanks for the info on the name of our new ward. Who knew? I am sad that we will not be here for our new wards first Sunday. We are going up north for my baby shower. I guess we could come back in time? Good times!!

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  8. I have a really good idea of how you must be feeling right now. When this same calling came our way in Mesa, I was first- freaked out, then humbled, then as he figured out exactly what his duties were- over-whelmed at the amount of time this calling took.

    But don't worry, as you mentioned- the blessings your family will recieve from this service will far outweigh the hardships (as they usually do). In the moment, it was hard for me to see that, but looking back- there is no way our family could have survived this calling without divine help. I know you'll recieve the same.

    Please take the advice that a previous commetor made- ask for help, Lara. Especially in sacrament meeting. There is no way I could have even gone to sacrament meeting with my newborn, 19 month old and 3 year old without the help of ward members. Luckily, your girls are older.

    And finally- Jon told me that if I commented on this post, he wanted me to add a comment from him. When he got called into our bishopric in Mesa, his first thought was "Why not Joel?". Indeed. But we all get a chance to serve and now it's your family's turn (because this is truely a family effort).

    Best wishes. :)

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  9. I know what you are saying about cooking dinner--and I even like to cook!

    I just wanted to say how happy I am for you guys. It's great to see all of us little "union squarers" growing up and making a difference in people's lives. You will be great ;D

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  10. I know you're not in RS -- but lesson #20 in the Joseph Smith book is letters between he and Emma. Yesterday in class we talked about the difference in our thoughts when our husband is gone for work and when he's gone for church and when they're gone for work or something else.
    So many times women bore testimony about how their life was SO much better when their husband was in the bishopbric, etc. Amazing how God works. And you'll be fine alone on the bench.

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  11. WOW! Today the bishopric, tomorrow the world! :) If you need more good Sunday dinner ideas, let me know, I am queen of the crock pot meal. :)

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  12. When my husband was called to the bishopric, they asked him that Sunday morning, right before the meeting where he was sustained. That was rather a surprise.

    When we had 9:00 church, and he had bishopric meetings before that, I think Kate and I hardly ever made it to church on time.

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  13. Congrats? Condolences? Good luck? I'm not quite sure what the proper response to this would be. As for the dinners, my first thought was crock pot, and I've got some good recipes if you'd like them, but I had another as well - which is perfect for the busy family. It's called 30 meals in a day. Basically it calls for one day of pure cooking. You put together 30 meals that are ready to cook and put them in the freezer. Then you take them out a couple days in advance, defrost them in the fridge and place in the oven, crock pot or stove when you want to eat it. I love doing this. I do it before I have every baby so I don't have to cook for a month after having the baby. There are some rules, so if you're interested, let me know and I'll send you a big fat email.

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  14. That is really neat. Your family is being blessed. Oh and hey, we had hot dogs for dinner last night. Who says you have to have a fancy schmancy Sunday dinner? :)

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  15. Because Sunday is a day of rest I make it policy to not do big Sunday dinners. If, for some good reason, I have to feed guests on a Sunday I will make an exception. I usually will throw something in the crock pot the night before, or put together a casserole the night before and leave it in the fridge until Sunday if we want an official meal. Most of the time it's leftovers or sandwiches on Sunday's though. Last night we had grilled cheese and tomato soup. The freeze ahead plan is great too, I have done that before and it is so nice to be able to pull a meal out of the freezer on a busy day and not have to cook at all.

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  16. Joel will do fabulous. It is exciting even though life will become a little busier for a while. It will be worth it.

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  17. Oh wow -- that's a lot to take in. I think I would DIE if Dustin got called into the Bishopric. You are such a great wife to be so supportive. Good luck in a whole new Ward. That will be crazy!

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  18. This is one of those tricky callings because you want to serve, but you can't imagine how you'll ever make it work. I'm sure he'll be fabulous & my condolences on your single parent status in church. At least ypu're not nursing right?

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  19. Great positive attitude. Thanks for the example and good luck to you and your family.

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  20. Wow, what exciting news. My husband just got called to serve in the nursery, you got to start somewhere I guess.

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  21. I am here to give hugs! We moved about 2 years ago, my hubby was released as bishop ( we aren't much older than youguys) and spent the first year, sitting as a family. THAT was an adjustment for all of us, but then he's back on the stand LOL! The blessings of being able to handle Sundays will be amazing to you, I promise!!!

    your hubby sounds like the great man mine is! congrats on that!!!

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  22. Have you ever heard in homemade frozen dinner. Try and have your friends all do this and then swap them. I did this with 10 of my friends and made 2 meals so I made 20 but I got 20 meals back. This is so fun we also put our recipe with the food.
    Congrats and just remember " The Lord does not give you more then you can handle."

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  23. Wow, good luck. That is a scary task if you think about all of it. You can do it! I'm so glad you married a spiritual giant, and can see the blessing from that.

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  24. I just heard the news! And, like you, I'm not surprised one bit.
    And, like you, I was thinking of all of the above mentioned concerns you had as well.

    You guys will be blessed for sure.

    And Joel is so much more than adequate. How lucky the ward will be.

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  25. Wowza! You all will be blessed for Joel's service. I'm sure he'll be wonderful in the Bishopric.

    Love the Fiddler reference at the end! I was Hodel in high school. :)

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  26. Rachel: You're probably the only one that picked that up, besides Joel! :) I can't even read it without a Yiddish accent in my head. Hee hee. :)

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  27. You will be fine and everything will work out. Kaitlyn is sad that you won't be in Young Women's anymore but what a great opportunity for your family. We will miss you. Such a strange thing to have half our neighborhood in a different ward.

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  28. That is great! May he be an excellent example to your ward.

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  29. Believe me, I'm there with you on this one. Good luck!

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  30. Wow! That is fantastic about Joel. He will be awesome in the bishopric. I am dying to know how they split the ward though. Do tell! Please?

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  31. Just think of it as another round of RS presidency only for Joel. Congratulations!

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  32. Oh, I loved this post! I feel just the same way about my husband. He's not perfect but he is very knowledgeable about the Gospel (he's a studier) and as you said, "He tries harder than anyone I know to keep every commandment."

    Congratulations on the calling. You will definitely feel the blessings, along with the strain.

    And I totally read your "Right? Of course, right" in Yente's voice. Love that!

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