Last week during Sacrament meeting, our entire ward Relief Society Presidency was reorganized. Surprisingly, I was called as our RS Secretary. I was very shocked when the Bishopric sat me down and asked me this. Why? Because never in a million years would I think that I would get a Relief Society Presidency calling. After leaving Minnesota, I often attended
rarely Relief Society rather begrudgingly. I just couldn't find a ward that I genuinely felt I could be a part of. I was talking to a friend who is the head of the Linger Longer committee and was practically begging him to talk to the bishop to get me a calling to help out in that area, because I love to cook, and I love to serve. Little did I know, the Lord had something else in store.
When I heard from my new Relief Society president that she had direct revelation from the Lord and that I was hand chosen for this calling, I was in utter shock. This calling has come at a time when I needed it the most. During a time when I was feeling like I hadn't really gotten my footing in the ward, though I attended dutifully and have been making great new relationships. You know the feeling? Like you're THERE, but you're not there? And of course, going through yet another rough patch had left me feeling a tad down..
Without going into too much detail, I will just explain what I have been dealing with: I had been made aware that someone I knew was doing things that they probably shouldn't be doing as a member of the Church. This situation though was extra tricky because other people were involved. Long story short, I ended up having to bite the bullet and stand for what I believe is right, regardless of the social consequences that I could potentially face. My anxiety level had completely skyrocketed and I could no longer keep the issue to myself. I spoke with my Bishop and it was handled. That's the last I heard of it. That next Sunday I was called into a meeting with the Bishop, not feeling 100% about the situation yet, but still giving it to the Lord to handle. It was at that point that I was called into the RS presidency. It came at a point when I needed something, anything to validate my humanity. During my blessing while being set apart, the Spirit was so strong in confirming this. I am so grateful for the Priesthood and the power it has over one's inner thoughts. The Spirit has a way of confirming Heavenly Father's love for us in a way that is so sweet and indescribable.
The reason I bring this up is because I don't want to get to the spirit world and have people look at me with a face that said: "at least you tried", "you gave it your best, I suppose". I want them to know without a shadow of a doubt that I gave it my all in this life, and that I stood True to the Faith. I love the scripture that comes from Matthew 5:
Blessed they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
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