3 Tips for the New YSA Relief Society President

Contributed by Ashley Hadfield of www.ashleysway.co

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You’ve been called as YSA Relief Society President…Now What?

If you were like me, after I received my call to be the new Relief Society President, I walked out of the Bishops office in a daze. Racing through my mind was the blatant fact that I had NEVER participated in ANY form of the Relief Society before, and somehow I was supposed to be in charge!? I pretty much had impending disaster, chaos, and inadequacy on mind as I walked back to my apartment and fell to me knees.

After sitting there just trying to process what I happened, I began to offer up the most honest prayer that I possibly could give. During the first parts of this prayer, the emotion of inadequacy remained but I kept praying. At one part of my prayer I felt an overwhelming sense of peace come over me telling me that everything was going to be okay. After that I began to feel the most incredible love for every girl that had been placed under my care.

I may not know every little function of the Relief Society, but I do know without a doubt how much the Lord loves my girls. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve them, love them, and grow with them as this semester continues.

I share this sacred experience in order to give some hope to those new Relief Society Presidents. You are called of God and are needed in this calling at this time. You will be fantastic and even though you might not know everything about the different functions of the Relief Society the Lord will provide the tools for you to succeed.
With that I am here to give you three quick things that I’ve learned since being called:

Be the Poster Child

After being sustained in Sacrament meeting, you are now literally the FACE of your wards Relief Society. You set the example, tone, and spirit in your society. It sounds more intimidating than it is, you were called to this position for a reason. So just be your best self.

Dig into your Scripture and attend the temple regularly

This goes along with the whole be a poster child but I’ve found that by putting in the extra effort and having my sisters names as I study and ponder, I am able to know what I am supposed to do.

Enjoy the Journey

This calling will cause you to experience a range of emotions… you will feel the highest of highs and lowest of lows. I am no expert, but so far this calling has been so rewarding and I have been able to learn a lot about myself and my Heavenly Father. So enjoys it and take everything in lines as it comes.

P.S. I just want you to know that I have officially been sustained for three weeks and nothing has completely fallen apart…..yet

These were my exact emotions a of panic after I sat down with the bishop for my interview.

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