Maybe some of you have already guessed what this is about just by the title of this post…change. Yep, I guess it’s that time.
Two weeks ago I received a new calling as the 2nd Counselor in Relief Society. I was completely shocked! I am happy for the change, but will miss Primary so much. I served in Primary for 3 1/2 years, but the time really flew by. I wondered when we would be released, thinking that that would be a nice change, but the day I found out I wanted to cry. I am excited to serve the women in our Ward, but am a little nervous. Everyone has told me ‘You’re going to be in charge of activities, you’ll do great!’ But activities for children is alot different than activities for grown women, they aren’t as easily as amused. haha
Everyone has also been asking me, ‘So, what are you going to do with your blog?’ So here’s my plan…
I am going to TRY (and that’s a big try) to still post sharing time ideas each week. Now, they probably won’t be typed up as a Sharing Time outline like I did in the past, but I will definitely share ideas. Every once in awhile I may type up an outline or a game to share that you will be able to just print out.
Along with my Sharing Time ideas I plan on sharing Relief Society lessons, hand-outs, & activity ideas.

I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve in the Primary. I am so grateful for the wonderful Primary President and 1st Counselor I served with, what wonderful women they are. I learned so much, and my testimony grew. I will miss those sweet Primary children and their sweet spirits.

I wanted to share something with all of you. One of my favorite talks from this last General Conference was ‘Teaching after the Manner of the Spirit’ by Matthew O. Richardson.
Before this conference I prayed and had a few questions in mind. One of my questions had to do with becoming a better teacher. When I heard this talk I knew this was my answer. I thought about the many times I taught Sharing Time and whether I was really teaching by the Spirit.
“While we are all teachers, we must fully realize that it is the Holy Ghost who is the real teacher and witness of all truth. Those who do not fully understand this either try to take over for the Holy Ghost and do everything themselves, politely invite the Spirit to be with them, but only in a supporting role, or believe they are turning all their teaching over to the Spirit when, in truth, the are actually just ‘winging it.’ All parents, leaders, and teachers have the responsibility to teach ‘by the Spirit’. They should not teach ‘in front of the Spirit’ or ‘behind the Spirit’ but ‘by the Spirit’ so the Spirit can teach the truth unrestrained.”
“With the current conditions of the world, we desperately need real learning and teaching in our homes, meetings, and gospel classes. Your quest to improve may seem overwhelming at times. Please do not become discouraged with your progress….You can parent, lead, and teach after the manner of the workings of the Spirit. I know you can do this. I testify you can do this, and lives will change.”

I wanted to share this with you because I may share ideas with all of you, but only YOU can know what you should teach the children. I know many times I took over and taught ‘in front’ of the Spirit, but I want to change that. I want to teach in a way that those I teach can feel the Spirit, and grow. As we prepare our lessons let us remember to listen to the promptings. By doing this you can’t go wrong.

I am so grateful for all of you wonderful women who visit my blog, and leave me such sweet comments. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it and how much they brighten my day. I am so grateful for this wonderful Gospel. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost and the inspiration/promptings I have received. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me better than I know myself 🙂 and for giving me these amazing opportunities to serve.

I hope you didn’t mind my babbling, but I wanted to let you know and tell you Thanks! Have a great week everyone & a great Sharing Time.
Thank you!

(I am going to try to share some ideas tonight or tomorrow)

12 thoughts on “A Time for Change

  1. Tristan

    Congratulations on your new calling! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog even though it’s been about a year since I was released from Primary. Please keep posting ideas, thoughts, and your testimony. I love the Spirit I feel when I read your blog.

  2. Anonymous

    Congratulations! I was hoping I would be released before you were. Thank you for saving many a sharingtime for me and my primary children. You are very creative. I am very grateful to you.

  3. She-Mulk

    Oh bummer! I use your ideas almost every sharing time and I always make sure I at least look through your ideas before I plan. I’m happy that you get to serve in R.S. It is a great place to be – just not quite as energetic as primary! 🙂

  4. Jen

    Oh no! I am so sad (for me) since I use your ideas more than any other resource along side the outline. I wish there were more people out there that posted like you did. Good luck with your new calling.

  5. Tia Hopper

    I hope you know how much we appreciate all you’ve done!! Good luck in Relief Society! Sometimes I think I’m ready for a change but wouldn’t want to leave primary!! 🙂

  6. Anonymous

    Your blog has saved me over the past 8 months since I was called to be the Primary President in my Ward! You are an inspiration! Thank you for your committment to the young children in our church, but especially to the gospel and to our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ!

  7. Anonymous

    Oh NO! What will I do!!!! I love your ideas! Congrats on your new calling. Those RS sisters are lucky to have you! 😀

  8. Anonymous

    Wow, when I read this my heart sank. I love your blog and ideas. Use them ALL the time. You have been amazing to share with all of us, and greatly appreciated. You have a special talent. Thanks so, so much for all you ideas and help. Now I think I am going to go have a panic attack. Good luck in RS. JA

  9. Anonymous

    I love your blog but usually never comment, but i have to say i have used many of your ideas and always look here for inspiration. I have been primary president for about 3 1/2 years and i will be sad to be released to. I will continue to check back and see what you post. It truly is helpful so thank you for all you do!

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