Well, after 3 1/2 years....it was time to bid adieu to my Young Womens calling as 2nd Counselor (Beehives). It is a bitter sweet day for me. I have grown to LOVE the leaders I served with (Kellie-above left and Angie-above right) as well all of the beautiful young women I've had the privilege of watching literally grow up before my eyes.
Here's a shot of most of our girls and the BEST LEADERS EVER at Girl's Camp in 2011.
I remember when Bishop Mayne came to me a few months after Jack had passed and extended the calling to me. I was ELATED because my cute friend Camille was already a leader there. But quickly, he informed me that there was to be an entirely new presidency called. I knew most of the leaders called...but not really. Over the past few years I have come to absolutely LOVE them. They have been such great examples to me and have really helped me grow. If you would have asked me if I thought Young Womens was the answer so soon after Jack, I would have definitely said No. But I can honestly say with all my heart that they saved me, each leader and every single girl. I love them so much and as excited as I am to start a new journey (I just got called as a teacher in Relief Society), I am SO sad to leave Young Womens. I know I've complained and murmured...hey it's a big calling.... but underneath it all, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and to serve with these amazing women and young women. There are a handful of girls that TOTALLY have and will always have my heart. I often joke that they are the girls I haven't had and help to fill a void in the "girl" department for me! I wish I had the solid testimonies that they have at such a young age as when I was their age. I always tell them that if I could go back, and know what I know now...I'd be a totally different girl. I would have been PROUD of the daughter of God that I KNOW that I am and I would have been a better example and help to other girls around me. I would have a been a leader of the light. I hope these girls and leaders know just how much they mean to me. I will miss them more than I can say, but am grateful for chance I got to be with them.