Sunday, May 9, 2010


As callings in my church go, I have had quite a few. I've been a nursery leader, a primary teacher (a few times), a Sunday school teacher, and I've served in the Primary Presidency, Young Women's Presidency, and the Relief Society Presidency (twice). All of these callings had been difficult at times, but for the most part, they have blessed my life. Especially the blessings of the friendships that I have made with the most amazing women on the planet. Over the years I have had the privilege of laughing, crying, discussing, and praying with these women. And for that, I am thankful.
Today I accepted a new calling of Primary President. It all began one week ago. The Bishop called me at home, after church, and asked if my husband was home.
"Why yes he is, Bishop!"
Then he asked if the two of us could meet with him that evening.
I was not worried. Besides, a new Young Men's President was called that day and I figured this little meeting had something to do with my husband's calling (Priest Advisor in YM's).
We arrived and as we sat waiting for the Bishop to arrive, one of the counselors asked if "we" were nervous.
I smirked and said, in all of my smugness, "I'm not! But he should be!", as I nudged my husband.
Small talk was then exchanged and then the Bishop said the Relief Society Presidency was going to be released. My smirk quickly turned to a panic, nervous, "fake" smile. And then he said something that I was not expecting... "We would like to call you to be the Primary President."
Es-squeeze me? Whaty, what? Are you talking to me?
Puddles of sweat formed and a rush of emotions were exploding inside of me. I also had an "out of body" experience. It was lovely.
Things have calmed down now, but I still experience episodes of hyperventilation. But the one thing that I know is that my heart is full. I know I have an awesome presidency and I'm so excited to serve with them.
I have big shoes to fill. In fact, those shoes would be a set of cute, peep toe, GILDED, heels! Those shoes are AWESOME! Our ward has been truly blessed while Jennie served as the Primary President and I can only hope to fulfill my calling as well as she did. She is amazing and I feel like just telling the Bishop that I'm just going to copy off of her paper. Seriously.
So as I begin this new journey of "Primary President", I am humbled to know that I am not alone. That my Heavenly Father loves me and I have wonderful examples to follow and learn from. Oh, and I have a feeling that I was called serve in the Primary because Conner will be a Sunbeam this January. I don't blame anyone. I understand.


  1. Oh Jen!!! You will be wonderful! I am so excited to see what you do. I am grateful you didn't call me to be your counselor! But I will do anything else you want me to do. This will be the most CHALLENGING and the MOST REWARDING! calling you will ever have. I am so happy for you and your presidency. Take care of all my kiddos!

  2. Congrats, Jen!! You will do a wonderful job!! :)

  3. You are gonna do GREAT! I know this because everything you do is great. You can't help it. It's just what you do.


  4. You are going to be so great!! How exciting (and scary)! Good luck trying to ignore Connor's antics during Sharing Time. I have the worst time letting Jacob's teachers take care of him and half the time I end up sitting by him anyway.

    This is a beautiful post. Love ya!!

  5. You, of course, will do a wonderfull job, because to guote Holly "everything you do is great". I am sooo sorry for laughing at you ALL during sacrament meeting you just had that look. But seriously it has been really really great serving with you. Best of luck (I can't believe I'm crying over a "happy" blog post.

  6. You'll be awesome. Primary is a great place to be, although I've never been the president. Congrats!

  7. You will do great!!! But as has been quoted already "you're great at everything!" I really have never met someone like you that is so good at everything she does. Our kids are in good hands!!! Good luck Jen!!!

  8. you are going to do awesome!! I am so excited for you! Congrats on the new calling!

  9. Yeah Jen!!!! I'm a little frightened myself, but so excited to get to hang out with you more. You are so fun and I hope I can be there for you in whatever way you'll need me, I promise I'll do better than I was at being a VT partner....

  10. I'm excited for you and know you will do an amazing job! Just to warn you though, if you are in as long as Jennie was you will also get my Konner as a sunbeam (muahahah)!

  11. That's awesome,Jen! You will do great, just like any calling you are given!


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