Friday, February 5, 2010
Family History Consultant
My calling in the ward right now is the Family History Consultant. I've been working on my family history for over 10 years. It's been really exciting learning about my ancestors. The only other person to really work on the White Family, my father's side of our family, was my aunt so there was and still is really a lot to discover. Are any of you interested in family history? Linda Smith and her husband have done a lot of research for me on the Isle of Wight where they are living right now. Verbal history passed down through the years say that the William White family immigrated from the Isle of Wight to America in about 1660. If anyone is interested I'd love to go into more detail on my family history but I don't want to bore everyone. Only another family history fanatic can relate to my talking about family history all the time. My favorite callings have been in the Primary. I loved leading the music and teaching the children. I have been able to use my degree in Elementary Education in all my callings and with my own children and grandchildren, but it really came in handy when serving in the primary. The children love everything that you do and it is really rewarding. They are so excited about participating and learning and are like little sponges that soak up everything. My most challenging calling was probably when I was in the Stake Young Women's Presidency working with the young women. There were so many activities and meetings to attend each week. I probably learned the most from this calling because I realized how much effort, time and commitment that it takes our leaders to prepare and provide wholesome activities for the youth. The young people today are so intelligent and strong. They really need to be with everything that is going on in the world. I've really grown from all my callings and participation in the Church. I've really had to stretch and push myself out of my comfort zone to fulfill most of them. Experience in one area has helped me move on to fulfill another calling. I've also learned to deal with challenges and new learning experiences that I probably wouldn't have experienced in other areas of my life. What are some of the Church responsibilities that you are now participating in and which ones have you enjoyed or learned the most from? I love to read your comments and posts.