Recently my "calling" (job assignment) changed. I was asked to play the organ for Sacrament Meeting. Some would think this is no big deal but here is the catch. I don't know how to play the organ! What are all those buttons for? I have two left feet, am I supposed to use those feet on giant pedals to make music? I am good at playing the piano but the organ has different techniques. (Think skiing and snow boarding. They both have the same principle, to get you down a snow covered mountain, but they use very different techniques to get there.)
I have experienced challenges before in a new calling and I have a testimony that when I put effort into it and do my best then the Lord helps me accomplish what needs to be done. Prayer, lots of prayer is usually the key. I knew the same would be true for playing the organ. I got a key to the church and started going to the chapel to play most everyday. There has been a lot of experimentation with the sound and it is becoming fun. It has been 6 months now and I am getting better. I wouldn't say that I was good, just better. Some of what I fear as the organist is that my mistakes will be a distraction from the spirit and if I am going to be completely honest, I fear making a mistake in front of all those people. I have had to swallow my pride, grow up a little and just deal with it. Interestingly enough I have found that when I make a mistake the congregation just keeps singing and most of them don't even notice. I am a lot harder on myself than anyone there would ever dream of being.
A couple of weeks ago a family in the ward was looking to get rid of an organ they had in their home and offered to give it to me. Wow! This has made practice time a lot easier and I am grateful for the gift.
Isn't it pretty?
It is a top of the line organ from the late 1960's- early 1970's so the technology is really charming.
Thank you Cindy and Ken. It has made my practice time scheduling much easier.
Hopefully one day I will become an accomplished organist.