1. I'm thankful for Relief Society. It is the women's organization in the church, and all women ages 18 and up belong to it, no matter where they might be serving in the church. Even though I will spend my time with the children on Sundays now, I am still part of Relief Society.
2. I'm thankful for the Relief Society motto: "Charity never Faileth." Charity is defined as "the pure love of Christ," and encompasses so much more than bringing a dinner to a sick family. The motto helps me remember that everything really does stem from the two great commandments: Love God, and Love your neighbor as yourself.
3. I'm thankful for the friendships I was able to develop. Over the years I served, I had various women who were called to be my counselors and secretary. I have appreciated the time we spent together, the things I learned from them, and our deepening friendship.
4. In addition to the friendships I've developed through serving with my presidency, I'm thankful for the friendships I've developed with the other women in the ward. I've prayed for and with them, laughed with them, listened to their heartaches, and been so appreciative of their service to each other. I have felt their support, and it was a joy to serve.
5. I'm thankful for the chance I had to work closely with other leaders in the ward. Sometimes the LDS church is criticized as lacking the voice of women, but nothing could be further from the truth. My opinion was requested and my suggestions were always valued--not in a "let's humor her" sort of way, but sincerely.
6. I'm thankful for the women who are serving in the new Relief Society presidency. I've had the opportunity to spend hours with the new president, trying to ease her transition into this calling. She is overwhelmed with the responsibility, as all Relief Society presidents are, particularly in the beginning, but she is more than capable of serving well. The rest of her presidency is similarly well-suited. I look forward to their leadership.
7. Though I have absolutely loved my time as Relief Society president, I am thankful for the chance to serve in a less time-consuming calling.
8. Specifically, I am thankful to be the Primary pianist. I have served in this position in some of my previous wards, and I love serving as pianist for the children. I love music; I love children; children love music; it's just a happy place to be.
9. I'm thankful for the opportunity I will have to work closely with the chorister and the other women serving in Primary.
10. As always, I'm thankful for John. If I say he has "put up with me," he will deny that wording, but he has been so supportive during this emotional week. Saturday, after I had very little sleep the night before, and after about a 12 hour day with Relief Society events and tasks, John took me out to watch Paul Reiser's stand-up comedy routine. For the most part, it was an enjoyable show, and it was good to spend time with John laughing together. On the way to the show, we stopped to take photos of an absolutely stunning sunset. And just as that sunset ended the day Saturday, I'm going to let it end this TToT post.
|Photo: Palm trees stand in the foreground of a purple/salmon/pink/orange (untouched) sunset|
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