When they split our ward a couple of weeks ago, they didn't just do a down the middle cut. They actually took another ward along with ours and created a third ward out of the two of them. It was kind of a strange thing to hear the Stake President say, "All those who will be members of the newly created ward, are now released from their current callings," and then ask for a vote of thanks. Bam! Mass release.
And then absolute craziness ensues for the poor new ward in which nobody had a calling save the Bishopric and the Ward Clerk. Joel's been gone a lot issuing callings and meeting with people to talk about callings and just assigning people to cover callings that have not yet been made. You never think about what happens when you have an entire ward to staff, do you? It's hard enough when people are just moving in and out all the time. I mean, even when you are in a stable ward where nobody moves, you still get plenty of ward business at the beginning of Sacrament meeting, do you not?
I was lucky enough to get one of the first callings. The notion scared me a bit at first, since Joel wouldn't give me a single clue what it could be, but thankfully, it was just Ward Music Chairperson. I am really excited because, although I started out my church service by having every music calling in the entire ward, I haven't actually had a music related calling in about five years. I will really miss the Young Women, with whom I've worked for the past couple years, but I'm sure I'll still see them often enough.
I'm very thankful that this is the way our church is set up. I think it gives us such wonderful opportunities for growth. It opens up the way for us to serve others, and that can only be a good thing. Sometimes we are put in a calling because of what we have to give and sometimes we are put in a calling because of what we have to gain. I've thought a lot about the various callings that I have held over the years, and I've learned so much from each of them.
I saw a meme the other day, and I thought I would answer the couple of questions about callings that are there, rather than do the entire thing. I suppose I could have more efficiently incorporated them into the prose of this post, but it's nearly midnight, and I am too tired to try.
1. What has been my favorite calling in the church?
It probably would have been easier to say what my least favorite calling was (activities committee), because it's tough to really pick a favorite. I loved it when I was the Primary music person because the kids made my week every Sunday and I had a lot of fun with them. I mentioned earlier how much I liked being in Young Women, but I do have to say it was a hard calling for me at first. I had a difficult time relating with them, but I overcame, and love them to death now. But, to be perfectly honest, my favorite calling was probably Relief Society President. That's what I was doing way back when I first started this blog, and I honestly can't think of a time in my life when I was happier, more productive, or more blessed.
2. What has been my hardest calling in the church?
All callings are hard in one way or another, I think. I can't think of a single one that I've held that I would call "easy." My recent stint as Young Women Secretary was hard because I'm not such an organized person. I need to have a secretary, not be one for someone else! But it definitely helped me grow in that capacity. Activities committee is hard because it is just soooooo much work to put on those awesome Christmas parties and other ward shindigs. And oh how the activities people are under appreciated! Primary is hard, because you're working with little kids who can often be less than focused. But, in the end, my favorite calling was also my hardest. It ain't easy being the RS President, and I'm sure many of you know that because you've been in those shoes before. I could tell stories that would make your hair curl, but I will refrain. It's time consuming, it's emotional, and you find yourself cleaning a lot of people's houses. But, like I said before, it's totally rewarding.
I believe all callings are that way, big or small. Sure, they're hard, but in the end, we get so much more than we give, that we learn to love the difficulties.
And for that, I am thankful.