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A New Calling, A New Challenge

By Rebecca | March 24, 2008

This Sunday I was called to be the Relief Society Chorister. The problem is that I don’t know very much about music. Oh I know how to lead some of the songs and I’m not afraid to fake it if I have to. But I’m usually better at following the piano than setting the time myself. And if it’s an unusual time signature, or if it starts on an off-beat, or I’m nervous, I can get really lost, really quick.

To make matters more complicated, part of the calling is to “practice” some of the lesser known hymns. I don’t know the lesser known hymns. I’ve probably heard some of them but when they come up I usually end up singing only about half of the words. Why anyone thought I was qualified to do this calling, I don’t know.

What I do know is that the calling came from the Lord. This means that it isn’t so much about whether or not I’m qualified as whether or not I’m willing to learn.

The first place I went was to www.lds.org/churchmusic. There they have interactive lessons on how to direct music for adults and children. They explain music terms and symbols. They even have a page where you can download MP3’s of music from the Hymnbook and the Children’s Song Book.

Next, I decided to talk to anyone who knew the things I didn’t. Fortunately, my husband is pretty talented at music. (He plays the piano in Primary.) I’ll get his help to direct the harder times and he can play for me while I practice leading. I also attend choir practice. I have been going because the choir needs singers and I visit teach the choir director. But being a member of the choir is also a good way to get a front seat for some quality musical direction.

In any case, I am now a student of music. As with any subject, learning will take time and practice. In the meantime, I will need to lead the music in Relief Society each Sunday. So taking the calling also means that I will make plenty of mistakes. Most of them in front of people who will undoubtedly notice. However, part of serving the Lord means being willing to risk looking foolish in order to obey his commandments. And part of having faith is knowing that he will make us more than the sum of our mistakes.

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”

Ether 12: 27

Topics: Attitude, Blessings, Book of Mormon, Family, Hymns, Inspirational, Life, Music, Service, Women |

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