Wait, didn't I already use this title? Oh yes, back in June when my church service assignments changed drastically and I was about to start work with the young women (girls aged 12-18) of our church. Well, a short yet eventful 3 months later, that service is over. My husband already serves as the Bishop or lay minister of our congregation, and while our family is older and the kids are pretty independent, and we felt good about me taking on a major role as the president of the girls youth auxiliary, the leaders of our church had different ideas. Just a few weeks after I was called, a letter came from Salt Lake asking that Bishops' wives not be auxiliary presidents and if currently serving, they should be released. It was a general letter, it just happened to apply to us at an interesting time. So there you have it. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that counsels against "running faster than you have strength" and arranging one's priorities "in wisdom and order." I can see the wisdom and order in having a policy like this. Even though things were going fine and everyone was up to the challenge of both Eric and I being pretty busy, it will make things easier on our family. The only sad part about it is that I LOVE teenagers. I know, crazy, huh? Not everyone does, but I do and so I will really, really miss working with them. I will miss their energy and their willingness to question what they are taught and try to find out what is right and true for themselves. I love their boldness and I've learned over the years to be pretty patient with their goofiness. My inner child has never grown up, so I remember being a teenager and saying the same things they say.
Anyway, just because I don't have a formal calling doesn't mean I can't be their friend, and their friend I shall remain. As my pal who holds this calling in another congregation always says, "I'm their biggest fan." I can be that anytime.
So, for the moment I'm between gigs, as they say. I'm curious and excited to see what comes next. I hope I'll still be able to work with young people in some capacity, but if not, I'll get to learn to do something new after working with kids in one way or another for the past 18 years or so at church.