This is by far the hardest church assignment I have ever had.
And I have had some callings that have really stretched me over the last 24 years that I have been a married adult.
Because I don't like to camp.
I am overwhelmed by large volume.
I have a terrible sense of direction.
And I've never ever seen or participated in a trek.
So why would the Lord inspire the Stake Presidency to call me?
I know my husband is pretty friggin' awesome and he has been involved in several treks. But, man oh man! I have felt IN WAY OVER MY HEAD.
About a year ago a sister spoke in stake conference (I wish I could remember her name). She was talking about a calling she had been given in family history. She didn't know where to even start. She knew nothing about it. She went to President Tolbert and asked him for some advice. He told her,
"I have found that it helps just to move my feet."
So that is what I did. Instead of focusing on all the areas where I didn't feel competent, I tried to find a minsicule one where I did. I started with inspiration. I am okay at getting inspiration to fill callings. I feel like Heavenly Father does a good job of leading me to the people I should surround myself with that will compensate for my lack thereof.
We have spent our first four months in this assignment praying about who to call as chair heads and mas and pas. Yesterday the first round of Mas and Pas were called and the emails letting me know they have accepted with enthusiasm are coming in. A couple of the chair heads are telling us about great ideas they have had about their respective roles and they are fantastic.
And it feels so good.
So yesterday I was thinking about what I have learned so far. Heavenly Father really does take our small, unimpactful contribution and packs a punch. He knows what He is doing. "This is His work and His glory to bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of man." (Moses 1:39). He LOVES the youth of our stake and wants this to be a memorable and motivating experience for them. So it will be.
I'm just a helper.