"A calling is like a 'job' at church. All teachers and leaders in our local congregations are non-paid volunteers. We are asked to perform a certain job by the leader of our congregation. We have the option to accept or decline. If we accept, we are then presented to the entire congregation for a sustaining vote. No position is sought after or campaigned for, but most choose to accept, no matter how difficult the 'job' might be."
So a week ago I met with the Bishop of our ward (leader of our congregation) and he asked if I would accept a calling as the Young Women President of our ward. The Young Women (YW) organization is part of the youth group our Church has in place. It is basically for girls ages 12 to 18 to help them come unto Christ. I have worked with the YW before and loved it! They are energetic, fun-loving, stalwart girls who want to do what's right. So I am SO EXCITED to be involved with working with them again!
After I accepted the call, part of the process as a president is to prayerfully find others to serve in the presidency (all presidencies in our Church have a president, two counselors, and a secretary). Since I've only been in this ward for a few months, I know very few women and I was nervous about this part of the job. YW is a rewarding, yet time-consuming calling - and I wanted to be sure that those in the presidency would be willing to put forth the time and be right for the job. I will tell you, I spent a lot of time looking over lists of the members of our ward and a lot of time pondering, and a lot of time on my knees in prayer. We were actually in Austin for the week (I'll post on that later) because DH was there with his job. It was nice to focus on my family and on pondering this because I wasn't at home with the normal pulls on my time.
Well, to make a long story a little shorter, I struggled to find the right people. I was very worried that I wouldn't pick the right ones or that people would be upset at the names I chose. I did my fair share of stressing. But as I continued to pray and to listen, I was able to put together the names I felt needed to be in the YW Presidency at this time. I was able to feel at peace and to give those names to the Bishop for him to get a confirmation that they were right. It was such a blessing and I know I was guided by a higher power and that the spirit was with me!
Today I was sustained, along with my 1st counselor. I am still waiting on the rest of the presidency, and we might have to make some changes on that, but we are officially "on the job"! I am so grateful to an amazing YW President just released, because she is helpful and gracious and just a fabulous person. She has already given me a lot to go on. It will be a hard transition for many of the young women because they love her so much, but I hope they will be open in getting to know the new leaders as well. Today one of the girls in her prayer thanked Heavenly Father for me as well as for the previous president, which I thought was so sweet!
I'm sure I will be posting more about this in the future, but I do want to say that it has been a humbling experience already. I KNOW this comes from Heavenly Father, that somehow He knows I can do this, but I also know that it will only be through complete reliance on Him. I am so impressed with the strength of the young women. They are truly tested, and they do so well! I hope that I can help them know of their worth, of my love for them, and of their eternal potential! Those of you who know me, know that there's a good chance I'll mess this up. :) So I promise I will be relying on what He wants!