Missing the Children

“Every member of the Church is important to us. Indeed, every person—member or not—is important to us, but surely among the most significant of all our responsibilities is the responsibility to protect and nurture the children of the Church. . . . We care so much about you and about the children you are teaching. Prepare well to bless these little ones. Give it your best effort. Your influence will, quite literally, affect these children for eternity. Enjoy the assignment that you have, and discharge it faithfully. . . . However much we love and admire children, I am certain we underestimate who and what a child is and what in the hands of God he or she may become. May God bless you always in your sacred opportunity to help save the children of this Church” (Jeffrey R. Holland, Message to Primary Leaders, Mar. 2006).

Not long ago I was called to a new position -- counselor in our Stake Primary presidency. That of course meant a release from our ward Primary, where I had served for nearly 5 years, 1 year as the chorister and nearly 4 as the President. I love our Primary, the children and their teachers more than I had imagined possible. I loved being with them and serving them. I loved feeling the spirit with them and talking about the gospel with them.

I also knew that Heavenly Father had something else in mind for me. I know that I am where I am now for a reason. I know that His hand was in this change. But I miss the children and teachers of our ward.

Stake callings are different. I know this because I have had them before. You are dealing with the adults, training them, and helping them to love their Primary (or whatever organization you are serving in) calling. It's very different from serving in the ward. I had a dream presidency when I was released, wonderful teachers and Primary workers to serve with and children that I will always love. And change is hard.

Now I have a new presidency to learn to know and love. The fact that most of us are in different wards makes it harder. And that it's summer doesn't help either, with many people traveling. And have I mentioned (ha!) that I miss the children?

I have such a testimony of Primary and the love that the Savior has for the children. That's where I have been planted, and that's where my heart is. Working directly with the children.

And now I have to figure out how to help other adults love serving in the Primary. I hope I can do it.
(picture of our Primary in a Christmas Sharing Time)


Mel said...

I'm sure the children miss you too! You will be fabulous in the stake!

Jill said...

If there is anyone who can adults how to love serving in the Primary, it's you! You're awesome!

Andrea said...

I know it's not the same, but at least your stake calling doesn't take you away all the time and we still get to see you. And the relationships you build with people last forever, even when the calling ends. So glad I've had the chance to build that relationship with you! xoxo

SweetmamaK said...

You will be an inspiration to them for sure. Your love of the children will shine through. And mostly I'm sorry that you had to leave the kids you love so much, but I'm a testament (and sooo many more that came before and after me) to the fact that they will always love and cherish you!

hoLLy said...

change is really hard sometimes! sorry you don't get to see those kiddos as much as you like, but just know you made a lasting impression on so many of them. you are wonderful! and if anyone should be the one to teach others to love their primary calling, its you!