WARNING: This post contains a lot of mormon lingo, and I tried to link to definitions where appropriate. Please ask questions in the comments, I will answer them the best I can!
This past summer my husband reached the 5 year anniversary of becoming the Bishop of our ward. I jokingly posted on facebook this summer: I am so sad I will be on the road trip when my husband is replaced with a new Bishop.
That didn’t happen.
We recently had a Bishop in our stake receive a release after 10 years of serving. I decided not to hold my breath.
This past weekend our stake held a conference and we had two very important visitors. President Gifford Neilsen (who recently spoke in general conference) and President Gordon Smith came to reorganize our stake, which meant a new stake presidency.
The process of choosing a Stake President involves interviewing many people, including current Bishops. After a morning of interviews, the two General Authorities (named above) receive inspiration about who it is to be and extend the call. Jason found out one month ago that he would be interviewed yesterday.
I spent the day going to a casting with Pickle and then cleaning the apartment—walls, baseboards, the dust under the washer–things I normally don’t clean. We got a phone call in the afternoon to please return to the church.
The whole family piled in the van and an hour later we got back in, our future changed forever.
Jason was called to be the Stake President. This is about a 10 year appointment. It is serious business.
This once in a lifetime event is considered very special so we spent the afternoon making travel arrangements for both sets of parents and I cooked all afternoon. Neither of us slept more than 4 or 5 hours that night and Sunday morning it was time.
I think we were both surprised at the volume of water pouring out of our eyes when the words were actually spoken. We haven’t had spontaneous simultaneous crying probably since his mother passed away. It was a very humbling experience to be in a room with hundreds of people — the most diverse county in America– the most diverse group of Mormons you ever did see (one of our translator head phones was in French Creole!)–and know that you had been chosen to lead.
We had a few minutes to bear testimony to this group of people. I tried to be strong and share what I know is true.
Tonight I sit here typing this out and feeling exhausted and uplifted and rooted. I don’t expect my husband to be home for another hour and so I just have to stay in the moment being grateful for my many blessings and looking forward to more trials and miracles in my life.
This weekend has certainly been one of the more meaningful of my marriage and my life and I look forward to processing it over the next few days.
Intoroducing President Glass:
Here is an interesting article on Stake Presidents. The average age in the church is 46.6. Mitt Romney was 39 when he became Stake President.