A Release Is A Beginning, Not An End

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By Richard M. Romney, Church Magazines

Taken from lds.org, February 2018, Serving in the Church

We have all had callings in our wards or stakes that we have served with all our hearts.  We came to love the people we served and grew even closer to God along the way.  For many of us, it had become a way of life.  So, what do we do when we are released?

We do not step up or down in the Church. We move forward together.

A friend of mine was recently released as the bishop of his ward. A few days later, knowing I had also served as a bishop, he asked to speak to me.

“Is it normal to feel what I’m feeling?” he asked.

“What are you feeling?”

“Disconnected, I guess. I have been involved in so many people’s lives, and now all of a sudden, it’s over. Will I ever feel so involved again?”

His question took me back to the time of my own release. I remembered having similar feelings. I missed being deeply involved in helping people draw nearer to the Savior and to their Father in Heaven. I missed encouraging them to seek and follow the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Serving as a bishop had been a wonderful blessing, and now it was gone.

But was it really?

Read the rest of this story at lds.org.

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