As I reflect on some of the most rewarding jobs I've held they are, in all honesty, jobs that have zero financial reward. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are 'called' to serve in various church positions. This calling is extended by the ecclesiastical leader or one of his counselors. The person receiving the calling has their agency to accept or decline the calling. I have had the privilege to serve in the following organizations. Primary ( 18 months of age to 12 years of age), Young Women's (age 12 to 18), Sunday School ( ages 12 to 80), and Relief Society (the woman's organization for women age 18 on up.) Primary is a wonderful place to work. Children are very accepting, honest, forgiving, and genuine. The Young Women's organization can be intimidating. After all they are young, beautiful, slender, energetic, etc. (everything I am not!) But it does not take one long to figure out all these girls want is to be loved and accepted, whatever level of development they may be on. And, of course, they want to have FUN. Serving in Young Women's is a time consuming task, but the rewards ...they are priceless!! To watch these beautiful young ladies become mothers and Young Women Leaders themselves is an experience I will always cherish. Serving in Sunday School can also be intimidating, especially if you are teaching adults who are more well versed in the scriptures than yourself! But it does not take long to realize they are your friends and are on your side. Relief Society, like all other organizations, is rewarding in its own way. When a sister opens up and shares with you, you get a peek into the window of her soul. You see her pain, her fears, her burdens and you realize you are standing on holy ground. Judgement and criticism is replaced with love. It is probably the most rewarding.
As I stated earlier when one is called one has one's agency to accept or decline the calling. I have learned the Lords work will go forward with or without me, but if I say no I deny myself of blessings. Those blessings do not come in the form of a paycheck. They come in the form of memories of good times shared with so many different people, but most importantly it is the blessing of a heart filled with love and gratitude to those beautiful children, young adults, and adults you have had the privilege of crossing paths with. And you realize they are the ones who taught and served you!!