Sunday, June 01, 2008

My Bishop Calls it Bold

Many words have been used to describe my strong personality, including (but definitely not limited to) bossy, argumentative, stubborn, aggressive, know-it-all... you get the point. I have chosen one that I like the best. On Tuesday our bishop referred to me as bold. I like it!

Why were we meeting with out bishop you ask? Well even if you didn't, I will tell you. He decided that Dillon and I needed a new calling.

I've always loved callings as opportunities to grow and learn. I am a true believer in degression when opposition is lacking and whole heartedly believe the opposite to be true as well. Because of this I love and embrace change and challenges.

For those of you that haven't experienced this, one can kind of always tell when they are going to be given "an opportunity to serve" in a new church calling. There is a look on the bishop's face that seems to be universal. I can't pinpoint it, but I have always been able to anticipate them.

Last Sunday someone from the ward called Dillon to schedule an appointment with the Bishop for Tuesday - just Dillon, not me. We went to the church together and I was just going to wait outside for him but he wanted me to come in with him. When the bishop saw that we were both there he had me come in too. That is when I saw the look and knew a calling was soon to come.

I was thinking primary because we sub a lot and the primary presidency always makes comments about how they want to have us there permanently. I know primary. I have done it a lot and it's pretty easy to me. That should have been my first clue that this was no primary calling.

Dillon and I have been called to be Gospel Doctrine teachers. Repeat after me class, 'gross feelings of inadequacy.' I can genuinely say that I do not feel like I know enough to teach the adult Sunday school class. I trust the bishop enough to know that he knows what he's doing, but it's scary. I am close to the (if not, the) youngest person in that class and Dillon is not far behind.

With that said, I am really looking forward to the challenge and potential to grow and learn. I think that Dillon and I compliment each other very well in so many ways and our teaching styles are certainly one of them. For example, he keeps me on track and factual while I tend to add emotion and feeling to the topic. It will be fun to work together to prepare lessons and learn more about each other too.

I have many extreme emotions right now: excitement, nervousness, anticipation, fearfulness, anxiousness, hopefulness... boldness is not one of them at the moment...

One more thing, Dillon and I were sustained today in sacrament meeting. I am still deathly ill so I didn't go. When I picked him up from church he said that the bishop needed to meet with us later in the week and that we weren't sustained today. I was like, "Ok." I just thought he meant that they would do it next week. Then Dillon said that one of the relief society ladies raised their hand in opposition to me being in that calling. The look on my face must have been pretty funny because Dillon started cracking up almost immediately. Or maybe he just couldn't stand how funny he thought he was. I didn't think it was nice for him to pick on his cute, sick wifey...


mamahawk said...

D I L L L O O N N !!!
Don't pick on Cerra like that!

I think your new opportunity is great. I bet you will enjoy it :)

paul said...

Way to go guys! I suggest getting all the institute study manuals, they're each the size of the bible with just sidenotes and prophetical comments and they are amazing! There's one for each of the canonical books.

Just remember, whom the Lord calls, he qualifies. Don't feel inadequate, because you're not.

Emily said...

WOW!!! That is so wonderful!! CONGRATULATIONS CERRA AND DILLON!! I am so excited for you guys!! There is no one who could do a better job, than the both of you!! Exciting times!! :) Congratulations once again! I love you both so much!!! :)

mamahawk said...

BTW... Bold is good :)

Razzleberry said...

I add my congratulations! Remember, we learn the very most and best when we teach. This is such a great opportunity for you both. I taught the Gospel Doctrine lessons to 12, 13 and 14 year olds for the last 4 years and I really learned so much from those lessons. You will love them. “Bold” is beautiful!

PS - If someone would have objected it would be because they want you to work with them instead! Men are such teases! But we love them anyway!
Love, Mom