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Question #90876 posted on 01/22/2018 8:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have you ever seen a ward auxiliary president release their counselors and secretary for no obvious cause (someone moved, extreme illness, someone received another calling, not doing their job). I ask, not for a friend, but because it happened to me. It was just really sudden and one of our replacements was a person we had recently discussed as a presidency to call to a position within our auxiliary.

After the fact, we all received a text that was vague and mentioned that they hoped we could all still support each-other going forward.

Normally, I'd be glad for the newfound freedom or I would just consider it the Lords will. But this situation seemed different for some reason. I've spoken to the others who were released and we all kind of felt the same thing. It just felt off. Have you seen this happen before?

-My Name Here

A:

Dear you,

That sounds like a confusing situation to be in! An abrupt release can take some time to deal with.

My bishop replaced both his counselors a few months ago, for no reason we could tell. The past counselors were great and so are the new ones, so it's not really an issue.

Now, I understand that being in a YSA bishopric is a lot of work. You want some stability with having a bishop long-term, but maybe it makes sense to go through a few sets of counselors, just to not wear anyone out. I could see that happening in auxiliary presidencies as well.

Another possibility is your president was getting burnt out, or for some other personal reason thought a replacement set of counselors would give some new energy to the calling.

If you're really worried about it, you could ask the president if you did anything wrong. But it probably wasn't personal.

Maybe the change in calling came by inspiration. Maybe it was instigated by a need someone had. But just because someone needed some callings to change doesn't mean the resulting callings aren't called of God. These are the sorts of tricky situations that can try our faith, but we can also learn a lot from them about how God works.

Best of luck!

-Kirito