I was called today to be the Activity Days Leader at church. Twice a month the 8-12 year old girls get together with a leader to do an activity (like a craft) with a gospel centered mood or theme. I am not too sure on the specifics yet, but that is how it was explained to me.
In our church we do not sign up for positions we are called by divine revelations. So they are called "callings". How it works are names are submitted to the leaders of the ward (or Stake if it is on that level) and they fast and pray on it. So, in this case, someone in the Primary Program(the program for 3-12 year olds which also includes Sunday School and Scouts) submitted my name and the bishop and his counselors fasted and prayed on it and received revelation that I should have this calling.
Now, you can turn down a calling and I am sure people have, but I have not because I believe that God would have me serve in these capacities. I have another calling, which is Visiting Teaching Supervisor. What I do with that is I have a list of Sisters (we call each other brother and sister in our church because we are brothers and sisters in Christ) that report to me or I call them to see if they were able to visit or talk to their assigned sisters each month (I will write a separate post on that).
I really had no idea what this calling entailed and asked if there was a manual (there is), but I would have accepted even if there wasn't. I do have some anxiety about doing it as I have not done anything like this before, but I know the Lord will be with me and give me guidance as well as people in the Primary Program.
When you receive a calling in the church you get "set apart" which is a priesthood blessing pertaining to your new calling" Priesthood blessings (which is another thing I will write about in another post) are also inspired from God so when I was given the blessing I know the Bishop was impressed to speak on what God wanted him to and one of the things he mentioned was my anxieties and that I would overcome them and receive guidance form the Lord. This also confirmed to me that the Lord knew my heart and wanted me to have this calling and knows I can do it.
Another thing that testifies to me that this calling was truly inspirational is the timing. Prior to the last calling(or maybe the one prior) I received the Bishop asked me and my husband how we felt about receiving callings. I had been less active for awhile and did not hold one at the time. I said I was open to one, but did not think i would like working in the primary program since I worked with kids all week and it feel more like a chore and may even make me feel that way about my job as well. Luckily, I got a different calling.
So now I received a calling in the Primary program. And I was willing to accept and did not feel worry about it affecting my job. So what has changed? Well, my assignment at work this year. I work primarily with one kiddo and he is a joy to work with (most of the time lol), so working twice a month with other kiddos for an hour or so plus preparation no longer feels like it would be a burden (a calling in the Sunday School program would also feel okay at this point).
I really am grateful for this new opportunity to serve and I know that the Lord believes in me and will guide me. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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