Monday, January 10, 2011

It's a wonderful time to live, it's a wonderful time to grow...

I was released from my calling back in November and called to be the ward Personal Progress leader. I have been going to Young Women now for about a month and I am loving it. This is not the first time I served in Young Women. I was a young women myself once. A long time ago and I'm sure I gave more than one leader grey hairs with my drama and neediness. Then when Chris and I were first married, I served in the stake YW presidency. That was fun except that you don't interact with the girls really, mostly just the leaders. We did do one really fun activity that I have never seen another stake do. It was a Mother/Daughter overnight. We went to a cabin somewhere. It was fun. The best thing was I was 9 months pregnant with Christopher and I had to dance in long, footie pajamas to some song with the other adult leaders. One of them started swinging me around and around. My water broke the next day.

I served in the stake YW again when we lived in Toledo. That was my very favorite calling ever. Not because of the work, but the women I got to serve with were IN.CRED.I.BLE. Karen Eckel. Stephanie Southam. Suzanne Wadsworth. Karma Terry. Great, awesome, wonderful women who I would serve with in any calling, anywhere, any time.

When we first moved to Plymouth, I got to serve as an advisor and a counselor and that was my first taste of actually working with the girls. Those girls are now 21-23. Unbelievable. You know my first love is Primary, but being with the YW is really fun. They get jokes and are so dramatic and silly and just fun. I am really liking it.

I've been working on planning New Beginnings. The theme I came up with is "Now is a Great Time to be a Young Woman." I've got the program done and am really excited to see if everything works like it should. The only thing I have to worry about is if the girls will follow through and actually do the parts of the program that they are assigned to. I think that is probably going to be the most frustrating part of YW for me. Letting go of control and letting girls take over even when I know they aren't going to do the kind of job I would do. Wow...that sounded really snotty. You know what I mean, right?

But you know the best part of my calling? It's being with Emily and Anna every Sunday. They are my favorites.


Anna said...

I love YW and love that we're together. And I totally get it.

Diana said...

I have never had the opportunity to serve in YW, yet anyway. I feel like I would have a lot to give but you know what, not right now. Especially since Marc is in YM. I'm envious! The youth are such wonderful people and need great leaders. Your YW are lucky to have you and Anna. :)

Tiffany W. said...

You make is sound so fun... I almost want to be in Young Women's! :) I was in YW's once too and I did love it because of the girls and the awesome YW presidents that I worked with. but i remember feeling a bit awkward at only 22 being the Laurel advisor to the 16-18 year olds. I still felt their age myself and was not sure I knew any more than any of them! :)

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