Today's Sunday School was very busy.
So busy, in fact, I didn't attend.
Instead, I sat in the foyer and talked with a woman who is replacing me in a position I've held for a year, helping serve the women in our ward (a ward is a geographical boundary that defines who belongs to which congregation - you can see what ward you are in -even if you don't belong to my church- by clicking here).
We don't have paid clergy.
More about that here.
We participate and are giving "callings." That means we are given a specific job to do (if we accept-and we most always do), serving in different areas in the organization.
I was the Relief Society (women's organization) Secretary.
I have to say that calling has kept me on my toes. Tippy toes. Running.
And I've loved it.
Since I was the secretary, I took care of most of the clerical stuff & had the opportunity to watch the three women in the Presidency (President, 1st Counselor & 2nd Counselor) doing their work. It was beautiful to watch the love these women had for the other women in our ward and the service they gave to them. It was also beautiful to get to hear a tiny bit about how people in our congregation blessed each other's lives and lives outside of our congregation.
So, now I'm out.
That crazy phone list didn't kill me.
I have passed it on.
And I know it is good hands.
That's the beauty of the way the Church is organized. We are a group of people who are willing to work for a higher purpose - to further His work, and do what we are asked. Of course we are human and it's not always perfect, but we do our best.
And I will do my best, with a lot of help, serving the lovely Young Women in our ward.
And I have a secretary.
Who has already asked if I have a current contact list.
I think I'm in love!
There were a lot of changes in our ward today. A lot. They rearranged the Primary (kids ages 3-12) & Young Women (girls ages 12-18) leadership. Because I was very focused on myself, I don't think I took the opportunity to say how very much I've appreciated all the people who have served and done so much for me & my family. We are better people because of you and I am grateful. I don't know if they will ever see this or not, but I want it out there--Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.