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Sunday Musings of the Spirit: A New Calling

A few weeks ago, as I walked into church, someone told me that the stake president wanted to talk to me.  After chatting with me a few minutes, he asked if I would be willing to serve as a counselor in the stake Relief Society presidency.  Having never been in a Relief Society presidency before, this will certainly be a learning experience. 

I love the fact that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the members serve by assignment in various callings.  The positions are not paid positions; no one lobbies for appointment.  We have the opportunity to serve in many different capacities.  One bishop I knew, after being bishop for a number of years, was called to be the pianist for the Primary.  For the past three years, I've been the cub scout committee chairman; now I'll turn my attention from cub scouts to the women of the church.

The prophet Gordon B. Hinckley said, " Your obligation is as serious in your sphere of responsibility as is my obligation in my sphere. No calling in this church is small or of little consequence. All of us in the pursuit of our duty touch the lives of others. . . .
Whatever your calling, it is as fraught with the same kind of opportunity to accomplish good as is mine. What is really important is that this is the work of the Master. Our work is to go about doing good as did He."



Matthew 25:40 reads, " And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

There are so many opportunities for service, both in and out of the church.  How does your church fill its positions?  What other opportunities for service do you find, and/or how has someone else blessed your life?  (I believe that everyone contributes in their own way; you don't have to find a cure for disease to be a positive influence on others.)

Thanks for opportunities that help us learn to more effectively serve others. 


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  1. Congratulations to your new position and yes, I too believe that everyone contributes in their own way throughout life.

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  2. Ahh, so THAT's why I saw you at the Ward Conference the other day. I hadn't heard! Very cool!

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  3. I don't know why, but I was unaware of your new calling. You'll be outstanding. Love that quote from Gordon B. Hinckley. You're the best! Thanks for sharing.

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