Race the best you can

Essential Take Away: Relay is hard, but it does end

Change seems to be the theme of this year for me and my family. It feels like 2019 has been a high speed roller coaster and I haven’t had a second to catch my breath.  We have had a son move out, a daughter start college, and another driver in training.  There have been many other changes and I know there will continue to be more. It seems like the path toward becoming one of the Lords elect is filled with changes.

A change I need to acknowledge is me being released as the Relief Society President in our ward. I served just over 3 years and I loved 98% of it.  I loved learning to really know the sisters in my ward. I loved watching them strive to come closer to their Heavenly Father.  I loved learned through mistakes I made.  I have many mixed feelings tonight. I am going to miss the close association with the sisters in the ward. I am going to miss planning activities and lessons. I am going to miss teaching. I cry when I think about not working with the bishopric and the Elders Quorum presidency. I have had so many experiences to feel the spirit work with and through us as we tried to listen and obey our Savior as HE directs our little ward.  These will be memories I treasure the rest of my life and I will be forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me to serve with such great men who love the Lord.

I am tired though. I ran as hard as I could for 3 years. I poured everything I had into it. I feel as if I have run a marathon relay race.  It is a relay race. I took the baton and did my part of the race the very best I could.  Today I handed it off to my teammate and now she will run with it.

I love how service in the church works. It really is an inspired program. Now I pray that I will continue to be as blessed as I continue to serve. I do not know what is next for me, but I know that if I run with that baton as hard as I can, I will get nothing but blessings.

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