Sunday, April 11, 2010

My new calling...

I have recently been called to be the Young Women's Secretary in our ward. I could not be more excited, or humbled by this calling. I have always wanted to serve in YW & up until this point have only been in Primary (which was great as well, those little Sunbeams are so cute & innocent). When the Bishop called me into his office & told me what the calling was & would I accept it, I felt a tingle go down my spine. What an honor to be able to work with the youth of our ward! I remember all of the different feelings and emotions I had when I was their age as if it were just yesterday. And let's be honest here, I probably act more immature at times than a lot of these girls that I am going to be in with. I don't know what it is, and in a lot of ways I hope that it never goes away, but I swear I still feel like I am 16. Okay, so maybe I thought I was like 29 when I was 16 & so that is why I still feel that way, but whatev's. I hope I always have a young soul. Um, randomness..... Back to the girls. I remember my feelings of self doubt, unworthiness, struggles of really standing up for what's right, whether it was cool or not, questioning my self worth. I still obviously struggle with all of the above sometimes, but now with out any doubt in my mind I know that I am a beloved daughter of my Heavenly Father & that what he thinks of me matters more than anything. And I want the girls in my YW to know this with all of their heart to. They are all so beautiful inside & out & I hope that I can have some sort of positive influence on how they feel about themselves. Those years are so hard & Satan works so hard to bring the youth down. That is why I am beyond humbled to be able to serve in this capacity & try to help them realize their worth. I just pray that the Lord will help lead & guide me. Cause lets face it, I need all of the Divine help I can get. I found a couple of great quotes that I think go along just lovely with what I am trying to say.....

"Being a Daughter of God means that if you seek it, you can find your
true identity. You will know who you are."
-Pres. James E. Faust
"You need, more and more, to feel the perfect love which our father in heaven
has for you and to sense the value he places upon you as an individual."
-Pres. Spencer W. Kimball


I am so excited to get to know each of them better & I can't wait for girls camp! I know I talked a lot about the spiritual side of it all, but I am jazzed (nobody uses that word anymore, that's why I just did) to just have FUN with the girls. All of the craziness, the laughing, the putting honey on the porta-potty seat at camp. Bring it on! And heck, I remember going to girls camp & my Mom was one of the leaders (I loved that she was in there when I was in there) & us "responsible" young women would be going to bed in our tents at oh around midnight-ish & you could hear as loud as day, the Leaders tent laughing it up like it was the party of the decade. All of the sudden my 14 year old self was wanting to partake in whatever was going on in that tent. So much fun! So many good memories I have of being in YW myself & now I get to experience it again, through a leader's perspective. Oh, & I hope/know that we are going to be the same, me & the other leaders, partying like it's 1999 in our tent. So, here I start this journey, with a grin from ear to ear on my face.....

11 comments:

Jessica said...

Okay- am I going insane or do you change your background every time you post something? Either way- it's super cute!!! Man- you made me want to go back and be a YW my self. You're going to do awesome and the girls are going to LOVE your crazy, young self!! Love ya lots!!!

Staceroo said...

You are going to be awesome in there! I am so excited for you!

Natelli Johnston said...

That is so awesome! the girls are gonna love you! I am jelous, I already miss yw so much.

Jane said...

Those girls are so lucky. I have always thought the best, most with it women need to be the YW leaders because it is such a crucial time for the girls. I think you are IT!

Sorensen's *5 said...

I am so excited! We are going to have so much fun!!

*~Petra~* said...

Congratulations Laura! You will be really great. I know our girls really enjoyed having you come and do an activity with them. :)

Simply Sorenson said...

I am so excited for you! I had so much fun when I was secretary, and you are going to be awesome! I am also excited that you are out of primary! I know it was fun and the kids are cute and all but sometimes its a great feeling to move on right? The girls are so lucky to have you in there now! You always have such cute ideas and enthusiasm.

Turbo said...

Hi, I found your blog through Michelle's. Super cute kids. Tell Mikey I said what's up!

--Jake B.

Robyn said...

You are EXACTLY the kind of girl they need in YW!!! You're fun, hip, and will help them see that it's *cool* to be good!

And no one has EVER told me I look like Amanda Seyfried...you totally made my day! I LOVE her!

You are so cute! Weird that we're almost 30, huh? Nevermind that we were JUST teenagers (I'm in YW in my ward, too...it's so weird that they think I'm old), we were JUST 9-year olds with our own little singing group "Sonic Boom," wearing our parent's hot pink and green shirts, singing and dancing to Paula Abdul and Gloria Estefan! Where does time go?

Kimberly said...

YW's is the all-time best place to be! You are going to be so great with those girls...they are so lucky to have you! Congrats! BTW, I didn't realize you were back to blogging...your blog looks so cute!

Becky said...

Congratulations! You are going to be such a great example to those young women! I need to borrow some of your enthusiasm for camp though. I'm the camp director this year and it's freaking me out just a bit. :) I'm thrilled to get to get to be at camp with Nicole though! Great post!