Right. The Lord is behind the whole thing. That is what I
have been saying all along.
You have been taking lessons from John, haven't you! :-)
On one occasion I watched visiting general authorities
interview well into the evening looking for a new stake
president. They finally found him, the 2nd counselor of a
branch in a far-off corner of the stake.
On another occasion, the visiting authority got up on Sunday
morning and said he hadn't found the new stake president.
A man who was out of town was called a week later.
In bishopric meeting one morning, we selected a new
Relief Society president. The bishop said he would call
her during the day so she could be sustained right away.
I conducted sacrament meeting that afternoon. When it
was time to present the business, I asked the bishop how
the call had gone. He said he had totally forgotten to visit
with the sister. After sacrament meeting, we met again
to review the list of names under consideration. We had
left one name off the list. She was sustained the following
week and served marvelously for many years.
As a branch president conducting sacrament meeting, I
once sustained the wrong person to be Sunday School
president. He appeared startled when I presented his
name, but after he thought about it for a few seconds, he
raised his hand to sustain himself. When I sat down, my
counselors pointed out that I had called someone else to
that calling, not the man sustained.
I met the other man as he returned from a business trip
that evening, explained what had happened, and extended
a different calling to him. He was relieved. He said he had
been willing to serve and had accepted the Sunday School
call, but thought he would do much better in the new calling.
He did. And so did the man who was actually sustained.
And then there are some of the callings I have had. The
Lord does have a sense of humor.
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