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Helping With Employment


Last night I went to my first Stake Employment Meeting in my new calling as Assistant Ward Employment Specialist.  It’s a weekly meeting held at the church for people who would like some help looking for a job, or a better job.

Beloved hubby and I arrived moments before a couple other Ward employment specialists and we all started discussing the national job fair Kroger is having this weekend from 10am to 3pm at all their stores.

Soon a gentleman came in for help and one of the others started working with him online.  Next a friend of mine came in to start looking for something else.  Beloved hubby and I started going over some possibilities.

3 more job seekers came along and started looking on the computers and working on resumes.

After a while beloved hubby suggested I go over and talk with the young woman who’d come in with her husband.  I told them it was my first time in this capacity and we started talking.

As I learned more about her and the skills/talents she already had, I suggested to her she put together a skills-based resume.  This is something beloved hubby helped me put together when I first rejoined the workforce after being a homemaker for several years.

A skills-based resume lets you really highlight your skills – from employment, school, volunteer work, life’s lessons, talents, and abilities.  I think it’s a great way to showcase what you know and what you’ve done.  Then the employment history is listed below right before education history.

It was kind of fun for a first time.  And with several Specialists there to help out, everyone can make progress.  And they’ll even work on things like interviewing skills and practice.  They can help every step of the way.

And I am learning some new skills and knowledge too!  🙂

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Callingless No More! :)


I am no longer callingless.  In fact, I now have 2 callings!

The first is to be the assistant Ward employment specialist.  This will be assisting the Ward Employment Specialist (beloved hubby) as needed to help the folks in our ward (congregation) with their employment needs – looking for a job, building a resume, interviewing skills, and/or looking for better jobs than the one they may already have.

I know that beloved hubby loves working on this.  After all, work is an important part of life and is one of the first commandments God gave Adam: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” Genesis 3:19.  Although God said, “cursed is the ground for thy sake” (Genesis 3:17), it was not a punishment, it was a blessing “for thy sake”, but that’s a subject for another day.  🙂

The other calling I received is as Nursery Music Director, a fancy name for singing with the Nursery children (ages 18 months to 3 years) during the last 15 minutes of church.  This will be a lot of fun, especially since the last music director created several things for the kids to do while they are singing, and I’ve always loved singing.

So now I will be serving regularly at church again.  It wasn’t too hard a callingless period as I substituted as Relief Society teacher, chorister, and pianist in the interim, and was able to concentrate more fully on my visiting teaching, but there really is a reason why the Lord set up His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a lay ministry (means we don’t get paid) and with pretty well every member being given a calling.

It does help when you feel needed and you have the opportunity to serve others, just as Jesus did.  You learn to love others, build your faith and skills, and rely on the Lord in ways you never would have otherwise.  And the Lord helps you to be successful, no matter the call you get, as it is His call for you and He wants you to be successful and to learn to bless others.

It is a most marvelous and awesome blessing!  🙂

Callingless


Callingless.  Are you wondering what that means?

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints everyone serves.

We have a lay clergy, so the bishop and even the stake president have regular jobs and handle all their many church responsibilities as “volunteers” on the side.  They don’t get paid for their church service and they serve for a few years and then someone else is “called” to that particular position.

It works that way with all but the uppermost callings in the entire Church.

I have had many different callings in the Church.  You know that most recently I served in the Primary as the pianist.  I loved this calling!  I loved being with the children, watching them learn and grow, feeling the Spirit of God through their heartfelt singing and the sharing of choice experiences they have already had in their tender, young lives.

Now I’ve been “released” from that calling, and am waiting to see what my next calling will be…

I have not been without a calling (I call it ‘callingless’) very often.  It’s actually kind of an odd feeling, having grown up in the Church and not only being involved but also seeing my family and friends very involved in many different positions.

As I patiently (all right, sometimes not so patiently) wait to see what Heavenly Father has in store for me next, I can clearly see the value of every member participating.  It is when we participate with something that we feel more a part of it.  It gives us purpose in life, kind of like working does.

And, because often the calling feels above our reach and/or outside our comfort zone, our callings help us to humble ourselves and turn to Heavenly Father to ask for His guidance.  Some very choice blessings, talents, and friendships have come about in my own life because of that very inspired process.  Weak things have been made strong, my relationship with God has increased, and I have seen marvelous things happen as I diligently strove to faithfully fulfill my callings and do them as my Father in Heaven would want me to.

So, I am looking forward to getting a new calling soon, though I think it may stretch and challenge me, so in the meantime I am praying for the Lord’s blessings and strength to be able to learn quickly and be inspired to fulfill it as He would do if He were here.

How thankful I am for callings in the Church!  🙂

Miss a week and everything changes!


Boy, you miss a week in Primary and everything changes!

I walked into Primary today and saw several new people there.  Then I noticed that there were several people missing.  And as we prepared to begin, these new people were the ones coming up to lead the meeting.

Wow, did the Primary presidency change last week?  Yes, the entire Presidency changed last week!

Am I worried?

Am I concerned?

That is one of the beauties of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the organization of His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Everything is so well-organized, and there are manuals and instructions that guide you to the letter, that it doesn’t matter if someone new is given the job, the calling.

So someone new can step right in and get right to work.  There is no break in the program, no hesitation about what needs to be done.  It keeps running smoothly along.

And not only here, but anywhere in the world.  Everywhere it’s the same way.  So no, I’m not worried, I’m not concerned.  They will pick up where the others left off, and all is well in Zion!  🙂