What have been your favorite and most difficult Callings you’ve had at Church?
In some cases, they may be one and the same, but likely, they are different.
In my case, my all-time favorite was the Stake Director of Public Relations. I only held the calling for a short time because we moved out of state.
I looked at it as a two-fold adventure. One was to do subtle missionary work by promoting the activities of the Church in our area. The other was to raise the visibility of the Church in our area and demonstrate our willingness to be a positive part of the community.
In my short time, we held a community event featuring the local Opera Company, participated as volunteers at the annual jazz festival, placed several articles in the newspapers and promoted, on a region-wide basis, the showing of the Sacred Stone PBS special that played on our local PBS station.
As part of the Stake’s 50th anniversary, I created a logo and wrote 52 weekly blurbs for the ward newsletters, highlighting a particular aspect of the Stake history. That was incredibly interesting to learn about the Stake history. As you can tell, I really enjoyed that calling as I was able to utilize some of the skills I learned at work for the Church.
My most difficult calling had to be as Elder’s Quorum President. It is one of those in the Ward that has a tremendous amount of responsibility, second only to the Bishop and on par with the Relief Society President. Here you have the Keys of the Priesthood, responsibility for roughly half the ward and get very little respect. You not only try to manage the Elders in the Ward, motivating them to do their home teaching, family responsibilities and other things in the Ward, but you are also the ward moving company and go to “heavy-lifting” group. You attend countless meeting and time away from family.
Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed that calling too as we saw progress in improving the home teaching and seeing lives changing for the better, but it is a most difficult one to juggle all the activities, family and job.
So, what have been you favorites and most difficult? And why?