As a stake president it is my duty to teach priesthood leaders correct procedures to use when extending callings. After reading this months inspiring Ensign article entitled “Called of God” I am going to make a slight adjustment to the way I extend callings to Sisters and will share this at the next bishopric training meeting.
In the past if I had in mind to call a sister to a position in the stake I would meet with her and her husband. I would then find out how they are and perhaps inquire as to whether they are praying together, holding family home evening, attending the temple etc. Then if I still felt prompted I would turn to the sister and extend the calling. I would ask how she feels about the new responsibility. Upon gaining her acceptance I would then turn to her husband and ask if he is willing to support and sustain his wife in this new calling.
The current issue of the Ensign has shown me a better way to extend callings to sisters.*
From now on as per the perfect example given I will still meet with the couple and ask how they are but when extending the call instead of speaking to the Sister first to see how she feels about the calling that she is about to receive I will turn to the husband and ask for his permission to call his wife to the position in question. After he and I have discussed it and he has agreed only then will I extend the call to his wife. In this way we will be taking the opportunity to firmly place priesthood brethren in their rightful place as head of the home.
As priesthood leaders follow the Lord in using the inspired interviewing techniques shown in this months Ensign, sisters will learn to put a greater amount of faith and trust in their husbands, a greater peace and tranquility will abide in the homes of members and there will be more love and harmony within the stakes of
Lovingly shared by President Paternoster
Quote “…..the ward clerk set an appointment for us to meet with the new bishop on Tuesday evening. After a short visit, the bishop asked my husband’s permission to call me as the Primary president of the new ward. Then he issued the call to me. I was shocked, but I had been taught never to turn down a calling, so I agreed to do my best.”