Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Calling

I've been serving as the temple committee chairman and an elders quorum teacher for a few months. A co-chair was recently called, and we're really getting things together to help our ward do family history and temple work.

This morning I had a voicemail from the stake executive secretary... no way... that's weird. I called him on the way to ward council, and he asked me to stop by the stake offices after ward council. So I did, and I met with President Sterret (who I had seen a couple nights earlier at the screening of the "Pimp This Bum" documentary). He extended a call for me to serve as my ward's executive secretary. I laughed because it was so unexpected and amusing that I'd be called to that calling again. I told him about my OCD and how hard it was to stay OUT of the bishop's office when I was executive secretary before, because I always felt compelled to confess something. Anyway, I accepted, and he said I'd probably be called and sustained within a couple of weeks.

So... after our temple and family history class, I told Wendy (my co-chair) that I had received a new calling, so I wouldn't be the temple guy much longer. In sacrament meeting, I saw Paul (the executive secretary) and told him I had a feeling he was getting released. He made a gesture like he was lifting something heavy off of his shoulders and placing it on mine. I laughed, and then something he said made me realize he was expecting to be released immediately. I said, "Wait, this isn't happening today, is it?" He said, "Oh you bet it is!"

He was right. He was released, I was sustained. After church I was set apart, and then I got paperwork and instructions from Paul, and he stuck around to help facilitate the comings and goings of the bishop's interviewees.

So... I'm now the executive secretary. I'm also the temple committee chair and an elder's quorum teacher, but I'm guessing I'll be released from those callings before long.

Definitely didn't expect this when I woke up this morning!


  1. Surprise, surprise! You think you will be released from your other two callings, well, maybe. Until then, you will be very busy. You will do great, congratulations!

  2. WOW! How things can change in a hurry, huh? Good for you! I know you will do a fabulous job! We will have you in our prayers!

  3. Wow! Good luck, your teh best at those.

    I'm just an elder's quorum teacher and that's plenty for me :)

  4. Crazy.. I can't wait til I can be executive secretary one day!

    oh I can't be?

    What about ward clerk? Then i could handle the monies?

    Oh wait, I can't???

    No actually I'm ok with you men handling those busy callings. Best of luck to you. You'll be GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!! (That was Tony the Tiger)..

    ok, yes, i'm in a weird mood.

  5. Ethan always warns me about answering the phone on a Sunday morning. :)

    Congrats to your ward (especially your Bishop) on having an excellent executive secretary....and temple committee chair and Elder's Quorum teacher.

    And Congrats to you (and us) on another blog post!

  6. It's been another week and I am looking for another post......update time. Hows it going?