I have been married to this delightful man for 27 years now and have always loved and admired his willingness to serve in the church. He knows how to get right in and fulfill his callings and makes things happen. He's always been happy to serve behind the scenes and never likes to be in the spotlight. He's just a gentle, loving, sweet person and I respect and appreciate him and all he does for me and our family.
Well, Sunday February 5th (also Cooper's birthday) Mark's world changed drastically. Mark and I were both called in to visit with the Stake President earlier in the week for Mark to be called to a new position in our ward. It was going to change Mark's level of comfort in a huge way. We're talking in all the 27 years I've known Mark I've only seen him up at the pulpit to offer opening or closing prayers. I've never heard him speak in church or bear his testimony. Well..... the Stake President asked mark if he would serve as the 2nd Counselor in the Bishopric. We were both sitting there completely speechless. Of course, Mark accepted but he admitted right up front that this was going to be the hardest thing he's ever done and that it may take a long time to get over his fear of speaking in public.(If ever) I am super excited and thrilled for Mark to have a calling now that helps him move out of his comfort zone. The Lord certainly works in mysterious ways.
We also had to do a mad dash shopping trip to Mr. Mac to buy Mark a suit. He owns a suit but it just doesn't fit him right anymore. They helped us out very nicely and was able to get him fitted and the suit tailored in 24 hours. I think Mark looks super spiffy, don't you?
The next Sunday, February 12th, our next door neighbor got a hold of our newspaper in the early morning hours and pasted this headline on the front. What a funny guy!