How I got my own "band"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Labels: , , , | |

Sunday there were some fun changes for Traci and I. In our church we have “callings” which are kinda like volunteer jobs since the local church is entirely run by a lay ministry (no one gets paid to do anything). The local leaders of each unit, the bishopric, decide, with prayer and discussion, who will serve in which calling. Then the members can decide whether to accept or not. We’ll for the last 2.5 years I’ve been in the bishopric of our congregation. It’s been fun, but it’s lots of hours, and a bit of stress. Nothing compared to what the bishop has to handle. Anyway, this weekend I was “released” from that calling and called to be . . . wait for it . . . the piano player in the primary (the children’s organization). BEAUTIFUL!! I was all-smiles on Sunday. Traci was called to be the president of the Young Women group (girls ages 12-18). So she’s the busy one now. It’s one of my favorite things about our church – that we all just help each other out and no one is more important or valuable than anyone else. It’s not easy, cuz we all have real jobs and families and all – but it’s part of what we do. So now all three of the Pope boys (Rob, Ryan & me) are “professional” musicians. People have asked me for years why I didn’t do that music thing like my brothers. In addition to the fact that I don’t have musical talent like them, I have several clever answers. Well now, I’m a piano player for a “group.” (ages 3-11) How about that?!


  1. JJ says:

    I don't know if it's appropriate to say about a church calling but Congratulations! Speaking from experience, it's one of the more entertaining, enjoyable callings in church (less stressful than the one I hold now...ward organist).

  2. Hans-Juergen says:

    Your post begs the question: what are the clever responses to why you're not a pro musician?

  3. Sarah says:

    We wish you were on primary pianist in our ward....I don't know who will have more fun...the kids or you. Congratulations!

  4. agm says:

    Love the picture! (And the explanations - very helpful for a non-LDS person like me!)

  5. millerjk says:

    Sarah, to answer your question...scott will have more fun!!
    Congratulations on your new calling!

  6. Heidi says:

    Congrats on the new callings. You will be a great primary pianist!

  7. The Texas Bakers says:

    We've been trying to get a new Primary pianist for ages!! Hopefully our new one will be as enthusiastic as you!

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