Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Ultimate Payback

When I was called as Primary President 4 1/2 years ago, this sweet boy Connor was a Sunbeam. Connor is autistic. He struggled with Primary during the whole three years that I served there. He hated staying, he wouldn't speak, and he was often accompanied by his mom who patiently sat with him and tried to help him enjoy Primary. Over time, he started participating more and even became willing to give talks and prayers in Primary. Connor and I slowly built a friendship and by the time I was released, we had a good thing going. I hoped more than anything that Connor knew he was loved and wanted in our Primary.

Today I had the opportunity to substitute in Connor's class. As we were opening the class, the kids were sharing exciting things that had happened during the week. Connor patiently waited for his turn, and when I called on him, he said, "I remember you from when I was in Junior Primary." I told him that I remembered him too and that I missed seeing all the kids every week. The other kids wanted to know if Relief Society was boring (sometimes!) and told me they remembered me, but they couldn't ever remember my name. Then Connor said, "Sometimes I just really miss you a lot in Primary."

I know that most times our service in our communities or schools or churches goes unnoticed and without thanks. Today, this was all the thanks I needed for the years of challenges and struggles and wondering if I was doing an okay job in my responsibility.

6 comments:

Kristy said...

This week we went to a 70 year anniversary for our old ward the Bryan Ward in Sugarhouse. The members there were just like family to us! I served as YW president there and it was so rewarding to hear that the girls were serving missions, going to college, and getting married in the temple. I can't tell you how I pounded that into their brains. And maybe just maybe it had some influence!!

gurrbonzo said...

Awwww! What a sweet thing to hear. Way to make a difference, Lisa.

lArZ said...

That is very sweet and neat! What a cute kid! Hopefully at least one kid in our primary class will think the same of us when we're gone. Thanks for sharing!

Linn said...

What a sweet gift! And thanks for sharing.

Sally said...

What a poignant story. Many points to you. I'll bet there aren't many teachers or people in the world he will feel that way about. How special that you're one of them. Free ride to the Celestial Kingdom!

Kristi said...

I remember cute Connor. I was lucky enough to serve with you and see what an amazing impact you had on ALL the kids in the ward. I saw first-hand all you did to make each one feel special. I feel blessed to have served with you and I learned so much from just watching you.