I know that this constitutes my third post in less than 12 hours, so just try to keep up.
First of all, bravo to those of you who caught on to my clues in my last post about my new calling! Yes, I have been called to serve in the Young Women's program in our ward. I am the first counselor in an all-new presidency.
I have served in YW twice before. Once in college briefly. (Our YW program was so small that we met in the kitchen of our branch building.) The second time was when I was newly married, working full-time, and pregnant with Guy. So, I have a small hunch about how much work this calling will entail, but I also have had a taste of the blessings that come with it and the eternal friendships that I will form with the young women.
It seems like every time I get called into the YW program, they go adding stuff to the YW theme that we recite. Tricky! But each addition was a wonderful improvement...First it was "strengthen home and family". And most recently they added "Virtue"as one of the values.
Another thing that I witnessed today, that I had never seen before was the wearing of the Beehive Hat! Apparently, whenever there is a new girl entering the YW program for the first time in our ward, the girls have her wear this hat that looks like a beehive with bees buzzing around it and honey oozing out.
Ah, good old-fashioned hazing. Gotta love it. As I drifted off to sleep last night, I was thinking about how the YW program reminds me of a sorority. (The Beehive Hat did nothing to dispel my theory!) But unlike the sororities of the world that you'll find by the dozens on any college campus, the sorority of sisterhood that you will find in the Young Women programs, in congregations of Latter-day Saints that dot the globe, encourages its members to remain chaste, virtuous, modest, to serve others, to obtain knowledge, and to seek the blessings of the temple.
Now that is a sisterhood that I want to be a part of!