This week has been a busy one for my #Unsabbatical. We spent the Labor Day weekend in California, but before I left made an appointment to get my Temple Recommend renewed.
I had actually gotten my Recommend renewed by the Bishopric about 6 months ago and needed the Stake President to sign off on it. I got mixed up and thought my Recommend expired sooner than it did.
We moved into the ward about a year ago and I was really excited to have a more in-depth conversation with my Stake President. The second I stepped into his office I felt that he loved me. It was the Savior’s love and I knew that my Stake President would be representing Jesus Christ as had our interview.
As we sat in his office I explained the date delay and he just looked crestfallen. He informed me that there was a 3-month window from when meeting with the Bishopric to meeting with the Stake Presidency for Temple Recommend renewals. He almost looked pained to inform me that I would have to go back to the Bishopric. I was happy to do it, though because I knew saying yes to him was also saying yes to the Savior.
He asked me to go to my building that night and see if there was anyone there. There wasn’t, but I set up an appointment for the following evening to meet with a counselor. My President then asked me to notify him when I was done and he would meet with me.
First adventure in my #unsabbatical. Went to the stake center to get my recommend renewed. Turns out there is a 3 month window to see the Stake President after seeing the Bishopric. I got mixed up on my expiration date and had my first interview 6 months early. My Stake President woefully broke the news and asked me to go to my building and try to get a new one. If I was successful he would be willing to come by home and conduct the interview. No one was at my building, but I learned something. My Stake President loves me and I love him. #Mormon
It was great talking to the Bishop’s counselor and answering the interview questions. As he asked me if I believed in God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost; if I had a testimony of the Atonement; and if I sustained the Prophet and other leaders of the Church I could feel the Spirit testifying that it was all true each time I said “yes.” The Stake President didn’t respond until 10 pm with an apology for not being available but asked me to meet with him the next day. I hesitated. I didn’t need to meet with him urgently. I realized was going to be out of town for Ward Temple Night and I had choir practice that night. Then I remember a Facebook post by President Uchtdorf how he always carries his Temple Recommend, mine
The Stake President didn’t respond until 10 pm with an apology for not being available but asked me to meet with him the next day. I hesitated. I didn’t need to meet with him urgently. I realized was going to be out of town for Ward Temple Night and I had choir practice that night. Then I remember a Facebook post by President Uchtdorf how he always carries his Temple Recommend, mine
Then I remember a Facebook post by President Uchtdorf how he always carries his Temple Recommend, and mine was expired. Plus my Stake President asked me to, and I made a commitment that I would do everything I was asked, so we squeezed/sqoze/squeeze’d it in after work. I came to his home and we sat in his office. We talked for about 20 minutes before actually starting the interview. We talked about work, following counsel, and our move to Arizona. I felt like I knew him and now he knew me.
Now I have a current Recommend that allows me to attend the Temple whenever I wish, and the freedom to accept any assignment to serve there. Here are some of my other victories this week:
Got an email asking for volunteers to cook breakfast at the #EmergencyPreparedness Fair. I probably would not attended otherwise. Looking forward to it. #unsabbatical #Mormon A photo posted by Grady Kerr (@thismormonlife) on
Visiting my old ward in California. Elders had the assignment to set up tables & chairs after church in the Primary room for seminary. I sat and considered if that assignment applied to me and my #Mormon #Unsabbatical. A few moments before the end of quorum I got the summons from the Primary President. My Aspie Boy Garren was having a melt down. He needed some time to cool down, so I just got to work! Eventually the Elder’s Quorum President came and we finished the task together. I was glad I got to serve (with) my friend and help lighten his load. I have wept in the night For the shortness of sight That to somebody’s need made me blind; But I never have yet Felt a tinge of regret For being a little too kind
A photo posted by Grady Kerr (@thismormonlife) on