In our ward here in Fort McMurray, I serve with the youth. Specifically, I’m in the Young Women’s Presidency, over the Mia Maid class (14-15 year old girls). I freaking adore them.
There are about 15-18 girls on my roster, but 10 that come weekly.
When I first got this calling, I was so scared. 14-15 was a rough age for me, I couldn’t imagine being the leader over 10 of them. As always, I prayed about my assignment and received confirmation that I was supposed to be with these girls.
I started trying to get to know them better individually. I took each girl out for dinner 1 on 1, we did a spotlight sheet with unique questions I came up with, and I really felt like I had developed this bond with each of my girls.
Fast forward to this past weekend. The head of the church released a new statement saying that at the start of each calendar year, whatever age you’ll be in the New Year, is the class you’ll be attending.
Wait a second.
8/10 regular girls are moving on in 2 WEEKS!!!
I actually feel a little heartbroken and crushed. I knew I’d be losing 8 of them this year, but I thought it would be gradually as they turned 16, not all at once, with hardly any warning.
These girls have a great leader they’re moving on to, I just wish I could have a little more time with them. Maybe that just means I’ll keep my relationship with each girl & connect with them whenever I can…Hot chocolate dates, baking cookies, etc.
Looking back over the last year, I can definitely say we’ve had fun times that I’ll cherish. We’ve decorated gingerbread houses, played water balloon battleship, had goodbye parties at my house, had movie nights, ate good food together, laughed & played games, played ultimate frisbee, went on bike rides, had a lip sync battle…just to name a few.
I am also excited for the new 13 year old girls that get to move up to Mia Maids sooner! We will have tons of fun & I know I’ll get to know & love them just as much.
Transitions & change are just hard. That’s a fact.
I’m learning to “go with the flow” and embrace change because ultimately, I am not in charge, nor do I want to be. I am just here to be a loving, respectful, nurturing, and caring leader.
Trying my best anyway.