Sunday, June 19, 2016

back to the fold



i found todays relief society lesson spoke to me personally. in april of this year i was called as the relief society president of the ward we had moved into just six months ago and oh did i feel overwhelmed. i feel like i could name a dozen women better suited to the calling, who would do a better job than me and wondered why they had chosen me for such a huge calling. what i needed to remember was that the lord calls people not just because we are needed, but because we need to learn and grow. i often feel like i am not doing enough, like there are so many sisters who need me that i've not yet even met, let alone become aware of their needs. but i know that in time i will learn what i need to do, where i am needed and who i need to seek out. 

this talk was read during the lesson and it made me feel so much better about my calling and gave me the insight into seeking out those who are lost. the flock will be safe... together.

 it's written so perfectly and can be found here 

At the age of 23, I was called as a Relief Society president in our married student ward. I remember the inadequacies I felt, coupled with the desire to do my best. I was eager and excited to serve but doubted my ability to be a good leader.

After a few months as the Relief Society president, I felt that I wasn’t doing enough. I wanted to be able to connect with the sisters and be in tune with their individual needs, but I felt that I was coming up short.

I talked with my bishop and expressed my concerns. I explained how I just couldn’t reach all of the sisters I wanted to. I described how I wished that I had five of me to get the job done the way I thought it should be. I tried to keep my concerns light and humorous, but my eyes quickly filled with tears of discouragement. He smiled and offered some of the best leadership advice I have ever received.

“Are you familiar with the story of the shepherd who, upon losing one of his flock, left ‘the ninety and nine’ to find it?” he asked (see Luke 15:4–7). I nodded. “There seems to be so much wisdom in that parable,” he continued. “The shepherd knew that the ninety and nine would be all right if he left them to look for the one lost sheep.”

Then my bishop offered the following advice: “You see, the ninety and nine have a great way of looking after each other when you’re gone. They will buoy each other up and hold together very well. I suggest that you concentrate on the ones who seem lost. The rest will be OK.”

I felt a strong witness that what he had told me was true and that I didn’t need to worry about the entire flock all at once. My purpose was to find those who were lost and to invite them back into the fold. In that way, Heavenly Father’s purposes could be brought to pass, and I could be a tool in His hands.

As I heeded the bishop’s counsel, I felt a greater measure of understanding of how the Lord would have me serve in His kingdom. I also received spiritual fulfilment that strengthened me in my calling because I was serving as the Savior had instructed. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, my bishop had given me a great gift of understanding and insight.

I testify that as we pray and seek inspiration from our priesthood leaders, they will be inspired to show us how to lead in righteous ways.

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