Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Single Mother Specialist
As a part of my responsibility I was to visit teach all of the single mothers in our ward. One of these ladies came to church regularly and was fairly easy to talk to. One was sixteen. She felt that rather than be helpful to her, people had judged her, and treated her unkindly. The rest were a collection of ladies who didn't know me, weren't interested in coming to church, and weren't excited to hear from me.
For a few months in a row I put off calling these ladies all month long until the end, and I dreaded doing it all month long until the end. If I never called I felt guilty, and then a new month would begin and I would begin dreading these calls again. This made for some uncomfortable months! However, I finally figured out that if I called at the very beginning of the month, I could skip a lot of dread. It turns out that doing a dreaded task right away instead of putting it off makes for happier days!
I also learned is that I could be helpful just by being kind, and non judgmental. Nobody wants to be known for the mistakes they've made, or even the hard situation they are in! They want to be known as a person, who is loved for the good things they do, and the unique person that they are. I did not know what to do for these ladies, and no doubt I could have loved them better, and helped them more. I really don't think I ever became a "specialist", however I was thankful to learn from the young girl's mother that I had made a difference to her, and certainly trying to fulfill this calling made a difference to me!
*Picture from http://americansfortruth.com
at May 14, 2013