I have thought about writing this all night long.
For those of you who are unaware, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized geographically. Which means we don’t just randomly choose where we go to church. As defined by mormon.org ”
Each congregation within the Church is called a “ward” and is made up of about 200 to 400 Church members who live in a particular geographical area.
Each ward is led by a bishop. Because there is no paid local clergy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, these bishops come from all walks of life. They may be anything from teachers to businessmen, farmers to laborers. They are called to serve for several years while continuing to work in their professions and provide for their families.”
That being said, our ward was changed yesterday. We have a new bishop too. Lots of changes were made in the Orem Utah Timpview Stake.
It was a hard meeting to sit through as they announced all of the changes (the meeting was over 1 hour long). There were lots of changes being made. While I was still trying to grasp all of the changes, I had to explain to my children what had happened. I was determined to explain it in such a way that allowed everyone to be positive. there was shock, disbelief and suppositions.
The one thing I hope that was said often enough to my family is : The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is still true. Our friendships are still friendships. Our relationships, friendships are defined by where we live.
I was driving to physical therapy this morning thinking about the changes again. As I was pondering and i realized how big I made this change in my head. The reality is, there are bigger problems in the world, in my life right now than lines drawn on a map.
I know people that have lost children and are hurting. I see people in poor health. I listen to people describe how their testimony is weak. I am seeing riots over a new president. I am a witness to children abandoning principles they have grown up with. I am seeing people deal with a loss of a spouse. I hear all kinds of troubling things. It is lines on a map. That is all it is.
I know people are sad and people are hurting. We have all been given a bigger responsibility right now. We have been charged to help those that are struggling. We have been asked to strengthen our neighbors and neighborhood even more. We have been asked to do this because He knows we can.
My testimony was strengthened even more today. I know what it is I am called to do. I support my church leaders at every level. I am thankful for the uncomfortable opportunity that I have to grow. Guess what? YOU are going to benefit the lives of those you associate with no matter where you are planted.
This post was written for me because I like to be reminded of my thoughts and feelings. It isn’t meant to upset or minimize your feelings/emotions in any way.