By Heather O.
This is a guest post by Terrah
I started playing the piano when I was 5 years old. I played all growing up, in YWs, taught piano lessons in high school, the whole bit. I really like playing the piano! But for the last 5 years, the only callings I’ve had a music related…. organist, Primary pianist (twice), RS pianist. That’s it! In fact, in my whole life (I’m 30), I can count on one hand the callings I’ve had that have not been music-related.
And I do love to play! And it’s an easy calling for me, I don’t need much preparation and can do last minute changes in hymn selections.
Last December, the bishop talked to me about getting me a new calling so I could develop some new talents and learn new things. I was estatic and touched that he could see that I could contribute in more than one area to the ward and cared about my personal development.
Then 2 months later I was called as RS pianist again.
I know that legistically, wards often have more pianist callings that pianists. And I also know there are a lot of closet pianists who have gotten overused or aren’t confident in their skills. But the reason I do well playing is because I practiced, and I think anyone else could do these callings if they practiced too. And now I’m beginning to fall into the overused catagory.
Now I’m moving in a month, and I’m not quite sure how to handle this in my new ward. Should I tell them I can play? Avoid the question? Explain the situation? If I was staying, I’d ask to have 2 callings, a music one if they needed me, and one other. I want to serve the kingdom, and maybe Heavenly Father is teaching me humility, but I’m getting a little frustrated. Pianist/organist is kind of a lonely calling.
What have all you music people done to make the best of a similar situation?
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