Ever since Olivia was a baby I have enjoyed being in YW. Every baby I had I thought there was no way I could keep being in YW. It was hard to leave with little ones and a family to tend to. Sometimes I would drive to activities with tears and a prayer in my heart that everything would be OK and that I could be a good leader. The blessings my family have received from my calling are not countable. Each temple trip, activity, fireside, Sunday lesson, Wed activity grew my testimony. The thing is, I might have gone into YW thinking that I could teach the girls a thing or two but the opposite happened to me. They taught me more than I ever thought possible. The youth of our church are strong. They choose the right. They are not afraid.
When I was released from my calling I had so many mixed emotions. First I didn't really think it was going to happen. I was finding myself wondering what I would do with my extra time. Then I began to fear what calling I was going to get next. I wondered how I would hear about the girls' dates, their fears, their happy moments. How was I going to get them to do personal progress if I didn't know what they were up to? Would the new leaders care for them as much as I did? All these emotions came through as tears as I got released that day.
I realized that my testimony got stronger somehow between all the hectic days, all the planning and preparing. I have a testimony in the Savior Jesus Christ. I know without a doubt he loves the youth and he will take care of them as new leaders come and go in these girls' lives. I am grateful to be such a small part of that because it made me be a better person, have a stronger testimony and have faith in our future in this crazy world we live in. I am so so so grateful for my husband who supported me for the past 7 years to be able to do everything necessary for my calling. I was gone a lot which meant he had to take on more responsibilities. I couldn't have done it without him. I will be forever grateful. I guess for now, I have many letters to write as my YW head out in the mission field!
The best thing that I finished in YW is ... I got my personal progress necklace ...again! Loved every minute.