Last week as the Bishop announced that there would be a change in bishopric tonight, I watched one of his counselors as he wrinkled his face in an effort not to cry. I considered that he might be sad to be released, but my impression was that maybe he was emotional because he already knew that he would be the new bishop.
During the week as I prayed about the upcoming changes, I mostly prayed for the Lord's will to be done, for the change to be what was needed for the ward, and perhaps, for the needs of our family, and for me to be accepting of whatever changes came. I did not pray that this man would be our new bishop, but in my heart I hoped my impression would be right and that he would be.
So, when his name was called tonight as our new bishop, I felt much gratitude in my heart. My daughter actually exclaimed "Yes!", and I smiled at her, letting her know that I agreed with her sentiment. Meanwhile, Scott seemed unemotional, having attended with us mainly out of curiosity. He is too far gone church-wise (not to be confused with gospel and testimony-wise) for this to affect him much at all. But if it helps me, then it helps our family, and that is a good thing.
I don't feel it right to post much about this man on my blog, but I just wanted to let you all know that I have a really good feeling about him. He has many life experiences behind him, and he is very aware of our situation and has tried more than anyone else in the bishopric to reach out to us the past few months. I know he has an overwhelming task ahead of him and I don't want to add to his stress, but in the near future, I plan to make an appointment with him and just explain everything. I have a feeling that he might actually listen and try to understand, and hopefully I will be open to the spirit and to his counsel.
4 weeks ago