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.