Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Calling






I have been in the Young Women's program in my church as a Mia Maid advisor (ages 14 & 15) for the past two and a half years. They have been the best two years of my life as far as callings go! Oh wait...I am supposed to say that about my mission years, but since I didn't serve one of those, this was hands down the best two years! This calling came at a time when I really needed those girls. All along I have felt this calling was more for me, than me being there for them. I have been amazed at how uplifted I always feel whenever I am in their presence. They just have something about them that I need, especially during that hard time in my life.


At girl's camp this last month, I mentioned to the Bishop while bearing my testimony in our testimony meeting that I didn't want to EVER be released from Young Womens. I guess he was probably chuckling a little under his breath because he already knew what was coming.

A couple weeks ago he called me in his office and called me to be our ward's new Young Women President. Gulp! I have to say even though deep down I already had a confirmation this was coming, I was still feeling extremely overwhelmed and inadequate. I was sustained and set apart yesterday and I was hoping that would bring some relief, but I am still feeling an enormous weight on my shoulders and a huge responsibility for those 30 + girls. I have called great counselors and I know that once I feel like things are organized some of that will lift. I hope... But, I am just so blasted happy that I am STILL with the girls that I love so much!

The women I have had the privilege of working with these past couple of years were beyond incredible. Most of them are my dearest friends as well. I will REALLY miss working with them. Luckily a few of them are going to stay in.


The amazing women I worked with.
Top: Bonnie, Jenny, Kristy, Loraine, Marilyn, Audrey
Bottom: Jen, Tammy, Me
This is me and McKenzie and Loraine. We were the Three Blonde Musketeers Mia Maid Advisors!Did I mention we had a lot of fun together???
BTW~ Congrats Kenzie! She's having her little baby boy today!


If any of you have any words of wisdom for me, I would be most grateful!!! I can use all the help I can get! I guess if all else fails...I can always remember that!

The best part of the whole thing is.... as the mother of all sons, I always wanted to know what it would be like to have a daughter, and now I have 30!!!


17 comments:

Lucy said...

You'll do a great job without words from me. Congrats.

Kelli said...

isnt it funny how we already know before it comes and then its just a confirmation. The good part is your Mia Maids are now Laurals. YEAH for you. You will do great. Congrates!

Scuttle said...

I've been read your blog for a while now. I think you do just fine. You know where to find the best help for all the Girls.

Dontcha just love how the spirit can prompt us before thing really happen!

Jen said...

You know how I said whoever gets Marilyn's job has big shoes to fill? Well, you'll fill them just fine! You'll do so good and I know the girls will be so happy you're still in there with them. You have the funnest ideas and can pull together anything. You have great women you're working with and I wish I was one of them!

Audrey said...

I honestly was very worried about the person who had to follow Marilyn, but when your name was announced, I felt an immediate calming peace. It was like, oh yeah, that is exactly who should be the new president! Congrats! You will do a terrific job, especially with your great counselors! The girls already love you!

Tiffany said...

congratulations! You will do a wonderful job. The girls are only too blessed to have you as their YW president. Now you can be that shining beacon to all of them, not just the MiaMaids.:)

Dawn said...

You will do a great job!!! Congratulations! :-)

Michele Southwick said...

Jodi,
I have been reading your blog for a couple of months and I love it!! So fun! Karen Cox gave my your blog address...I feel like I've been spying on you! Anyway, I was just released last Sunday from being the Young Womens President in my ward for the past three years. Absolutely hands down the best three years I've ever spent in a calling. It's so much work, and hard sometimes, but nothing in the world is more rewarding. You will love it. You already love your girls and the rest just falls into place!! I am actually jealout, well kinda, because I am still shedding lots of tears and missing my 30 girls!! What an adjustment!! I just love the youth, they are so full of hope and so much fun. I couldn't think of anyone better than you to be a YW President. You will do awesome!!

Michele Southwick

Mel said...

I'm happy for you... you'll be awesome!

da Bergs said...

Jodi, they already love you and look up to you! You will be incrdibly awesome!!!! I am SO happy for you!!! Keep us posted on the wonderful things you are doing!!!

Tiffany said...

HI Jodi! To change your header, just go into paint, you can add a picture, then just make it the way you want it. Save it as a picture, then in when you want to change your header, go into where it says change header, or something like that (my brain is on slow-mo.) It's where you can see the layout, that's it.:O) Click on header, browse through the pictures, then add whatever one you want, click save. There you have it. I'm sorry if this is gumbled. If you need step-by-step I will be more than happy to help with pictures and all. Hugs and happy editing.-Tiff

Doran & Jody said...

Congratulations!!! You will do just great, I have no doubt!

Stephanie the great :D said...

You know Jodi, all these ladies are right. I am so happy. I hope you know that I am always willing to help you out, even though I am only the first counselor of the Laurels. (It is kind of close to your first counselor! :D) I am excited to be working with you again, you are great, you have nothing to worry about. You have so many great young women you are working with, and i know that they will support you in all that you do. (if not let me know and i'll take care of it. ;D) I love and appreciate you and am excited for the luau tonight. love you so much, you have no idea, Love ya MOM!

Mel said...

Congratulations, President Wilding! Ditto to all that has already been said and, oh yeah, JUST BREATH!!!

Yvonne said...

You will do a great job, jodi. I have always enjoyed my years in Young Women--working with the girls is such a spiritual experience.

I agree with lucy--you don't need any advice from me.

Tiffany said...

I left you a post on my blog for how to do the header. Just ignore the other post about it. I think my brain was in loompa land.:O)

The Hoyt's said...

Jodi,
Yeah you will be great!! You have the funnest personality you will be perfect for this calling...
Congrats..

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