It is the end of an era for me. I have been the Ward Newsletter Editor (my dream calling) for the last 2 1/2 years or so. I also have been a 2nd Sunday Relief Society teacher for slightly longer than that. About 2 months ago I was released from teaching Relief Society, which I was very grateful for. Just last week I had the awful thought (never do this) that I was feeling really good about my calling and enjoying it. Saturday afternoon brought a phone call from a member of the Bishopric (I considered not answering, but knew the calls would continue). About half hour later I had been released from my calling and was asked to serve in the Young Women as the Laurel Advisor. We got a new Presidency last week, and honestly all week long I had a hunch that something was about to change.
I know that this age, 16-18, is a very crazy, important, hard, and exciting time in a girls life. When I was a Laurel, my mom was my advisor which was so great! I remember so many of the other girls (myself included) really looking up to my mom and wanting to learn from her. I want to be that for my Laurels. I want them to feel comfortable around me, but more importantly I want them to know that I love them and they are Daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them. It’s going to be tough, but fun all at the same time.
The other reason I am especially excited for this new calling, is because our new YW President is an amazing woman and a very dear friend of mine. It will definitely be more work, but I can’t wait to get to know our 13 Laurels! Plus I get to go to Girls Camp – one of my favorite places to be.
If anyone has any great activities, lessons, or ideas PLEASE feel free to share. I think activities that have been tried by others are the best kind. I will return the favor and star blogging ideas once we get going.