Sep 24, 2016

Called to the Primary and Cub Scouts

My husband and I just received our first callings in our new ward. For those of you who don’t know, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints has a lay ministry where the members volunteer and perform all the positions of the congregation to include leadership positions, teaching positions, etc. These are called callings, as we are called (or asked) to fulfill these duties. So, Alex and I were called as Primary teachers (the Primary is the organization for the children, and the largest organization in the church) and Cub Scout Wolf Den Leaders.  I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit intimidated by this calling and I’ll tell you why.

I am uncomfortable around children that aren’t my own. I’m okay around some kids that are close to me (kids of some good friends for example), but still, I have a hard time being comfortable around children. I tend to feel on edge, and I’m really not sure why. I’ve been around kids many times in my life, but I never really liked it when I was left alone with them. I had a lot of bad experiences baby-sitting some children that were far from well behaved, so maybe that’s it. But, it just comes down to the fact that I’m not that great with children. I like them just fine, I just don’t like being alone with them. Most women are blessed with this wonderful gift to love all children and be amazing nurturers. I was not. So when I agree to baby-sit for someone, it’s a really REALLY big deal. As in, I really must like you a lot to do this HUGE thing for you.

This is exactly how I feel about babysitting anyone.
So, that’s why I’m intimidated for this calling. But, I know that this is a way I can not only serve the wonderful people in my ward, but also serve the Lord and help to build His kingdom and further His work. And I am happy to do that.

I’m so thankful that Alex was called to do these callings with me. Not only does this help me with the aforementioned issues, but since I have health issues, it’s nice to have my husband with me to help me when I get sick (which is quite often). In fact, Alex being called with me shows to me God’s love and His awareness of my weaknesses. I know that I will learn a lot and grow from this calling, especially since it is in an area I’m weak in. And I also know that the Lord is mindful of my concerns, and has blessed me with the help and strength I need to magnify my calling.

Be prepared to hear more about what we do in our callings! I’m hoping that I will be blessed with the inspiration needed to help the children whom we have stewardship over have fun, develop friendships, and grow their testimonies of Jesus Christ and His gospel.

Out of curiosity, have you ever received a calling or volunteered for a position that you've been nervous about?

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