Sunday, June 28, 2009

Church and Things

Well, I got sustained and set apart for my calling today as the Enrichment Committee Leader.

I am extremely excited. I was so grateful for the blessing my bishop gave me to set me apart. One of the most poignant parts was where he blessed me with the ability to listen to the suggestions of others, to communicate my thoughts and concerns, and also to be able to connect with and love those whom I am serving.

I have been thinking a lot lately about... well... myself. haha. I've been thinking about my tendencies regarding people and relationships. In general, I find that I have very little tolerance and patience for people, when I deal with them on a mass kind of basis. But one thing I do know is that once I have spent time with people, spoken with them, learned about them, and joked with them, is that I come to love them more than I ever thought I could. I need to get rid of the former part, where my initial disliking for people takes over, and let the better part of me take over--the part that knows how to love and accept people fully, faults and all.

This calling will be an amazing opportunity for me to develop this gift or ability to be a good friend to people. Where much is given, much is required, and I believe that part of my purpose in life is to be a friend to the Lord's children. He has told me so.

For those unfamiliar with the purpose of Relief Society Enrichment activities, my bishop summed it up and said that it is to help the women in the ward to "come unto Christ." This is a very humbling calling for me in that I am not sure how qualified I am to help women do this when I myself am still learning how to come unto Christ. But I am so thankful for the opportunity and so excited to serve, and I know that by doing this, I will be able to come unto Christ as well.

The church handbook also describes Enrichment like this: "Enrichment activities are less structured than home, family, and personal enrichment meetings and bring together sisters who have common needs, interests, or circumstances. The activities should offer a safe, relaxed, and engaging environment where sisters learn and share ways to strengthen homes, families, and individuals."

Some activities suggested on the Enrichment Survey include things like scrapbooking, girls' night, bowling, emergency preparation, and self-defense. This is a wide array of possibilities and not even 10% of the ideas.

I keep wanting to say how excited and grateful I am for this calling. So that will be the last time! I'm hoping that if any of you who read my blog have any ideas, you'll share them with me! Leave comments, even anonymously, if you'd like, with fun activity ideas or just letting me know what activities you have participated in and enjoyed. I'd really appreciate it!

I was considering doing a 53rd Ward Relief Society Enrichment blog, just to post announcements, leave room for ideas, and to post pictures and things from activities to commemorate the events. Is that a good idea? I'd like some feedback.

Just in case any of you were interested, I got an A- in Polynesian dance and an A in bowling. :)

Leave comments and suggest your hearts out! Thank you!


Laura said...

Janae! Hi I love your blog. And also, so excited for you and your new calling. Isn't Relief Society great?!? I sometimes cheese myself out with my counselors because we always say what's everyone's problem? Why would you want to leave church before RS? We LOVE RS! haha. so anyways, enrichment stuff is cool these days. We have a cooking group and we just learned how to make homemade bread. Delish. Also an outdoor group that just had a fire and cooked tin foil dinners. That's about all I know lately. But there are so many options. Good luck!
PS I miss you and am glad you're happy.

Jannifer said...

Janae! I'm so excited for you and your new calling as enrichment leader. You are going to do an amazing job!