I got a call this morning from Sergio, a friend from my old ward who wanted to wish me and my family a Happy New Year and catch up. After we exchanged reports of our holiday activities, he let me know that– 3 1/2 months after we moved out of the ward– I was finally released from my HPGL calling last Sunday (Sergio took my place, which made me very happy).
Coincidentally, that same day we were doing our tithing settlement, and at one point the bishop says to me, “We got a calling for you. It’s coming, so be ready.”
My question is this: Did a calling in the new ward have to wait for the release in the old one? Such a concept never occurred to me until this happened. Was it necessary to keep me in that position until the stake leadership determined my replacement, and by so doing, keep any callings in the new ward at bay? Or is it really just a coincidence that the two things happened at the same time? Is there not such a thing as having two callings in two wards overlap?
Not that I haven’t been grateful for the 3 1/2 month vacation.