When Joseph became Bishop, it is custom that the Bishop goes to the home of each of the members of his Meetings (church) to visit them and hear of any problems they would like to discuss. Usually, if anyone has problems they make appointment to discuss it with Joseph at a later time. Most people know us so they just visit. When he got to Jean and David's and was offered a piece of pie - he just couldn't eat it. He told Jean that he knew she was a great baker, but every house he went gave him a piece of pie, cake or cookies and he was full of sweets. He did have a cup of coffee. They thought that was funny.
Joseph was told by the previous Bishop to be careful what he says because if he says he likes something or that I would like something, or that we could use a item, the people will give it to us. The Bishop is considered a great honor and the people feel it is a honor to give something or do something for the Bishop. So we have to be careful what we say.
When the Bishop gives a sermon, it is not written down. It is all by memory. Joseph was so nervous with his first sermon. What if he should forget? He had our retired Bishop next to him during his first sermon in case he forgot or something. After Joseph gave his sermon, our retired Bishop said something to Joseph and they both smiled. On the way home Joseph said the retired Bishop told him, the people were really going to like him. Most Bishop's sermons are at least a hour, Joseph's was a half hour, which ment that our meeting (church service) ended early. Since that day, Joseph is more comfortable giving the main sermon and it is now at least one hour.
Jean and David held a big picnic at their house the first Sunday after Joseph became Bishop. All the members were invited. Everyone bought a dish to pass. Seeing the picnic was for Bishop Joseph, people felt they had to bring a gift. People bought Bibles, religious books, a quilt, canned food, and more. It took two buggies to bring everything home.
In our house, we took one room and are turning it into Joseph's office. When people want to come to talk with Joseph, they can go into the office. Anything that is said in the office, stays in the office. If a lady or child should come alone to speak with Joseph, I must be in the office with them. Should anyone in our house hear what is discussed, it must be kept in our house. No one tells what someone said.
As the Bishop's wife, I will also be with Joseph when he does Baptisms, which is twice a year. When a girl is baptized, Joseph will put the water on her, but I will be the one that will kiss her on each cheek and welcome to our meetings. Joseph is allowed to kiss the boys on each cheek, but not the girls.
People of our church and meetings are making Joseph a new desk and chairs for his office. David, Jean's husband, did not like the old metal desk that we had, so he decided to make one. That grew. When the people found out David was making one, they all wanted to get in on the making. So it grew from just a new desk to a chair with it, plus chairs for people to sit on in the office and also a book case. We can hardly wait until they are finished. Joseph offered to pay for them, but David and the other people wouldn't hear of it.
The Bishop's family is also suppose to be a model to others of the church. This has upset some of our children, especially Erin. Erin wants to move in with Kevin and Bridget. He feels that all the eyes of the people are on us and he can't live up to what they want. Joseph explained that we are not perfect and the people know that. But, we must obtain our religious ways and beliefs. Still Erin wants to move. Joseph said no one is moving for a few months. Becoming Bishop is a change for us all. If Erin does not feel better, in a couple of months, then he can move to Kevin and Bridget's.
One of things that is causing a stir is Erin does have a car, which is against our ways. The retiring Bishop said that Joseph should give a sermon against such evil. Joseph and I discussed it. Joseph says it's a don't do as I do, do as I preach thing . When Joseph was Erin's age, he did not own a car, but had a license and drove a friend's car. The day I accepted Joseph's proposal, he turned in his drivers license and never drove a car again, which he feels Erin will do when he meets his special lady. Erin is not the only young person that has a car. Should Joseph give a sermon on the evil of cars or not? He still hasn't decided.
Just wanted to tell you a bit of our new life since Joseph became Bishop. He is still the same person, but has many more duties. We do a lot more praying for understanding now than before.
Be With the Lord,
TOMORROW DOREEN HAS A POST ABOUT COVERLETS.