Red Ryder wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:39 am
Any updates Graey?
How was your first Sunday?
First Sunday was... surreal. When I was asked to share my "testimony" I spoke about our ward family, about service, and quoted the two great commandments in Matthew 22 and serve neighbor serve God in Matthew 25. I did not mentioned RMN, I did not mention prophets, I did not mention priesthood. I felt good with that. My parents insisted on driving for two days to be here for 1 day, followed immediately by the two-day drive home. Previous bishop thoughtfully gave up his previous Saturday to handle a bunch of current items, leaving my Sunday mostly free once church was over. That meant I got to see my parents for a couple of hours between their 24-hour road trips.
Since then, things have been ramping up pretty quickly.
Second Sunday was definitely more hectic. I was finally released as EQP. For one week I held ALL the made-up priesthood keys in the ward. I also had two large keychains from both those callings. Definitely felt the weight of the physical keys much more literally. They called the ward clerk to be the new EQP.
I'm still trying to find my footing in terms of scheduling, and wrapping my head around the sheer amount of drama that goes on behind the scenes, hidden from the view of most of the rest of the ward.
I've pushed off all responsibility for sacrament talks to my counselors. All talks will be focused on core values - honesty, integrity, empathy, optimism, dependability, etc. Obviously, speakers will bring in their own doctrinal talks or quotes to support the core value, but that is okay.
Our YM advisors are good guys, though it feels like there is a definite lack of direction in planning activities for the YM. Parents' anxiety around COVID (understandable) makes is way more complicated.
People like to say how inspired RMN was to do the whole Come Follow Me, Home Centered/Church Supported (TM) thing just before COVID hit (Nevermind that it was in the works for a LONG time before him). But I think the youth PISS program's timing could not have been worse. Activities are supposed to be based on individual goals, we just bring the whole group along for the experience for a night. The kids themselves are supposed to be planning that activity, but you can guess how well that goes. The result is that most kids don't really care about any of the activities, even the ones that do get planned. A lot of the time no one really knows what is going on. Best case scenario it was supposed to be an in-person activity everyone just winds up playing basketball or 4-square. Worst case, it was a zoom activity and most everyone leaves after 20 minutes.
We have a lot of work to do to get some fun activities happening.
The YW are marginally better organized, but communication between YM and YW has been broken for some time it seems.
Anyway, things are going well enough so far. A lot of good people have offered help. I have my NOM family to keep me sane. And I have a few things in the works I hope can make a difference for some few in our ward, but I might start some new threads about those things.
I'm better than dirt... well most dirt. Not that fancy store bought stuff, I can't compete with that... full of nutrients and everything. -Moe Sizlack