I have a relative who's a bishop facing the problem of all the retired
people in his ward (about 1/3 of the population) refusing calls because they are
"done" with working altogether. They've done their share, for the
world and for the church.Attitudes need to be adjusted everywhere.
My 80-year-old husband and I (18 mo his junior) have just been called to teach
the 11-12 year-olds in Primary. We are both excited about this opportunity
after having felt "on the shelf" for the past few years.
And I'm finding that children in primary continue to have selective
hearing. If that were not the case, I would have been released as chorister the
week after I was installed. Primary is a new world for me, so would someone
please tell me why teachers just fail to show up and put the burden on others?
The key is using revelation effectively. If the Bishop came to me and said,
"Tiffany Lewis wrote an article in the Deseret-News Mormon-Times about using
older members to teach Primary or be a part of Young Women's organization.
I think we should use you." I'd smile wanly and ask,
"What does the Lord want?" The word "use" feels like
devaluation to some sort of "thing". I don't like it. But I care
deeply about "serving" where the Lord wants me to serve.It
MATTERS that we pray about these things. We must get answers too. Revelation
is key to making Zion function. It isn't about HR Management or Senior
Asset Allocation, or whatever phrase is in vogue in last week's HBR or WSJ.
It is about shepherds and flocks. It is about rising above traditional worldly
approaches. It is about becoming the City set upon a hill. It is becoming what
the City of Enoch must have been and the New Jerusalem must become. It is about
following Christ. If we do not ask Him, we willingly trade a "mess of
pottage" for our Celestial birthright. And that's
I generally have to let it be known I want to be in nursery and Primary. There
is an assumption I won't want to be. I ran nurseries for years and think it
should be given to women who aren't already burnt out from a week of
toddlers. I'm happiest when I'm singing about popcorn trees and
telling flannel board and puppet stories. Every nursery needs a grandma on hand!
Thanks for a great article.