Sunday, January 31, 2010

Truly Humbled

I feel like I need to get my feelings down about this weekend, while they are still fresh in my mind. I received a call from a member of my Stake Presidency this week. He told me that he needed to meet with Matt and I before stake conference was to take place. I told him Matt would be back in town on Friday night, and then I tried to get out of him which one of us the meeting would be about. Of course he wouldn't tell me. I immediately began to feel worried and anxious. I kept telling myself that the calling could be for Matt, but deep down I think that I knew it was going to be for me.

Pres. Rivoli came to our home on Friday night and after some chit chatting, turned to Matt and said, "Matt we would like to extend a calling... to your wife." My heart was pounding, as he told me that my name had been submitted to be called as the 1st counselor in the Stake Young Women's presidency. My first thought was, "Who on earth would submit my name? It must be somebody I know." These are the things I asked Pres. Rivoli, and he told me that she didn't know me and it was a very interesting story at how she came to choose me. This is the part that has been extremely humbling for me.

(I contemplated sharing the story in our blog, but I have decided not to. I am more than happy to share it, just ask, but have decided against actually posting the story.)

For a long time I have had a strong testimony that the Lord personally knows us and our needs, but sometimes I just go along in life and forget. The way I came to receive this calling was once again a testament to my knowledge of having a Heavenly Father that knows me personally! I can think of a TON of women in my stake who would be amazing at this calling. I am humbled to know that the Lord wants me to serve the YW of my stake at this time in my life. I feel so inadequate. I feel like I have SO much more to learn and that I am SO imperfect. With those things being said, I will say this, I have SUCH a love for the YWs program. I don't even know how to put into words the love I have for the young women of my ward, who I have been serving for the last couple of years. I love these girls as if they were my own, and I am overjoyed at the prospect of having that love grow for the young women of my stake. I grew up in the church and I remember how much the YWs program and my leaders meant to me as a teenager. I know the struggles that face these girls at this time in their lives, and I pray for them as they step up to the advisory. I have a strong testimony that there is a YM/YWs program in place in the church because it is what we need to help prepare us for the world, as we become adults.

I will most definitely miss the time I got to spend with "my girls" each week, it was a huge blessing in my life. They made me feel so young! I want them to know how much I love each of them and that they can still turn to me if they ever need anything. I am saddened at the thought of not being there in the YW's room each week along side Janet and Kendra. You ladies have been two of my best friends and I will ALWAYS remember how much fun we had being the "adults"! The YW are so blessed to have you both, and I hope they know how much you love them. I am excited to be working with the new stake YWs presidency. I have already spoken with the new president a few times and she seems wonderful. I pray that I will be able to do this calling well and not let my Father in Heaven down. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and as I said before, truly humbled.

8 comments:

rebecca said...

Heather, you'll be great in the Stake YW pres'y. A friend of mine was just released from her stake YW calling and she loved it. Have a ball!

Erica said...

Congrats. You will do FANTASTIC!

Weatherspoon Family said...

Cry Cry!! Yes I'm sad you are leaving us. You will soooooo be missed. However, you are perfect for this new calling. I know you will be such an asset to all the girls of this stake.

America said...

You will be great! Good luck with everything!

Janet said...

Ditto to what Kendra said...but I know you will rock at the stake level ;)! I'll miss u tons but you have an open invite to join us anytime :).

shay said...

That IS a different realm, for sure... but how blessed the whole stake will be for your service and love for the YW> I was the guest speaker last week for combined YW (I usually teach RS) but what a different strength (not better, just different) I felt in there. You lucky girl. I'll have to ask you the story next time I see you:) xo

Krissy said...

You'll be great Heather-- truly. You have so many strengths that will help overcome any weaknesses you may feel are a stumbling block. The Lord would not give you this calling if that were not the case and if He didn't know you were worthy of it. :)

Teresa Beth Brower Timms said...

You will LOVE this calling - the girls are so lucky to have you!