Sunday morning I woke up, got in the shower, and it hit me...I'm feeling overwhelmed. I haven't felt overwhelmed very often these past 6 months. Kind of surprising really. But lately I've been bothered by the fact that I haven't been to the temple lately and it's so hard to do visiting teaching. I feel like I'm failing a little at my church responsibilities. And then the thought came to me, "it's about time you get a calling." For those of you who don't know, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the members are called upon to fill the various rolls within the church. Generally, every member has a calling. But I haven't had one in 8 months because of these babies of mine. Anyway, when that thought entered my mind I felt like there was no possible way I could add that to my already overflowing plate. I also knew that I would be receiving the calling that day, and I wouldn't turn it down i won't say "no" to the Lord.
So what's my new calling? (Because I did receive one.) I am teaching in Relief Society once a month. I was honest with those involved and told them that I would never turn down a calling, but I wasn't sure how I would do it. Then the RS Presidency asked if I wouldn't mind teaching next Sunday. That'll be a time crunch, but I'll give it a whirl.
"What's the lesson?" I asked.
"#35. Redeeming the Dead," they replied.
Of course it is. So next Sunday...Father's Day...I will be teaching a lesson on Redeeming the Dead. Perhaps the Lord is trying to teach me something...
*A note about Redeeming the Dead: As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe that the Savior's Gospel in it's fullness was revealed to Joseph Smith. Therefore, the full truth of that Gospel can be found in this church. However, those who did not have the opportunity to learn the Gospel in this life will have that opportunity once they pass on. It is our job as members of the Church to do those ordinances by proxy for those who have passed on. If they hear the Gospel and choose to accept it, ordinances such as baptism will have been done for them in our temples by faithful members of the Church.