We are ten minutes early to church because Spencer has a meeting with the high council man. A 10-minute meeting before church means a new calling to be announced in Sacrament Meeting.
“They’re calling me for something to keep me busy,” Spencer says as we walk into the church. “They just want to make sure I don’t go inactive while you’re gone.”
“That’s a good enough reason for me,” I smile, nudging his elbow. “You wouldn’t say no, would you?”
“I’d never say no to a calling,” he growls.
We meet with Brother T and sit in the room with the copy machines. The other rooms are taken.
“Spencer, we’d like to extend a calling to you,” Brother T says. “We’d like to extend the assistant ward clerk to you. You’ll be working with finance, such as tithing. Would you be willing to do that?”
Spencer says yes.
“And honestly,” Brother T says, “We want to keep you busy while Anne is gone.”
I grin. Spencer nods.
I grip his arm and lean on him as we walk to sacrament meeting.
After Bishop makes the announcements, Brother Tidwell gets up and announces Spencer’s new calling. Spencer stands up. Everyone raises their hand to say they’re okay with Spencer’s new calling. He sits down.
“We’d also like to recognize that Anne will be leaving for Germany for a few months, so we want Spencer to be cuddling real close to the Bishop.”
I laugh. Because I always laugh. And Spencer smiles.
“I like Brother T,” he says.
“Why, cause he’s honest?”
“Yeah. He didn’t make anything up.”
After church, our neighbor, Josh, says to me, “Spencer and I are going to play Legos while you’re gone. I’ve got a bunch of Legos.”
Then John comes over for home teaching. “Hey man, do you play Halo? A bunch of my buddies come over and play Halo every week.”
I watch our church leaders trying to take care of Spencer and see the Lego and starwars nerds come to the rescue. I look at Spencer all day and hold him tight as well fall asleep. I wake up in the middle of the night to make sure he is still there.