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.
Of course, right.
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