Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Bishop's payday.

In our faith, we have a non paid, lay ministry.  As Bishop, my husband is responsible for the ministering and administering of the whole congregation (called a ward).  Such responsibility requires significant time commitment in addition to a Bishop's chosen profession.  So for example, in addition to being a busy trial lawyer during the work day, Jody typically spends 2-3 nights per week at church and all day on Sundays fulfilling his church commitments.  

Jody often tells me that he gets "paid" not in dollar amounts for his church service, but instead by small and simple acts of kindness by members of our ward.  For example, I can recall one very trying week for him both professionally and church wise--I remember thinking he sure could use a boost, a tender mercy from above.  I will never forget him coming home from that very long Sunday, after that even longer week, with a big smile on his face.  

The first thing he said when he walked in was "I got paid today."  Knowing that his service in our church is an unpaid position, I was a little perplexed.  He then produced a handwritten card from a youth that he received that day that said, " make church fun."   By the look on his face, you would think he had won the lottery.  

Last week, he got "paid" again.  This time in large multiples.  The Young Men and Young Women in our ward surprised him for his birthday with a party at church.  The cupcakes were good, the singing was pretty, but the kind words shared by many of the youth about Jody and the impact he has had in their life as their Bishop was priceless.  

I have to admit from time to time, I sometimes wonder if the time commitment he makes that so often takes him away from Noah and me is worth it.  But seeing and hearing the youth share their love and respect for their Bishop was a humbling reminder to me of the importance of his calling and his service to the Lord.  

(they had a table set up which displayed all sorts of memorabilia from Jody's childhood, high school, college, law school and his life now...)

"How can I become more spiritual you may need to give more service. Service changes people. It refines, purifies, gives a finer perspective, and brings out the best in each one of us.  It gets us looking outward instead of inward. It prompts us to consider others’ needs ahead of our own. Righteous service is the expression of true charity, such as the Savior showed." 
-Derek A. Cuthbert 


  1. this is awesome. we may need to do the same for our sweet, wonderful, hard working bishop. i am so proud of both of you, is that permissible to say? much love to you both

    1. Aww, thanks so much Veronica. That means so much. I think it would be great if you guys did something like this for your bishop. It was really special and meant so much to Jody. :-)


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