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, MeThis 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!!! ☺