A little piece of advice from Bishop Finis F. Buchanan to a young Ann Laemmlen

When I was a student at Reedley High School, I was extremely busy with sports, school and extra curricular activities.  We lived a few miles out of town, and driving back and forth also used valuable time.  I remember going to swim practice at 5:00 a.m. before early morning seminary, then going to practice again after school, coupled with homework and other activities that filled my life.   In the summer we worked long hard hours in the packing shed.  I remember feeling tired all the time.

My junior and senior years of high school, Bishop Buchanan asked me to be the APYWO (Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women’s Organization) President at church.  I’ve never forgotten one leadership meeting I attended where Bishop Buchanan asked me to be in charge of a huge assignment of some sort.  I remember looking around the room at the other youth leaders who, in my opinion, had very little on their plates.  My first thought was, “He’s trying to kill me off!”

After the meeting, I found a quiet moment to question him and ask if it was really necessary to put me in charge of that particular assignment.  I’ve never forgotten his response.  He said to me, “I learned long ago that if you want to get something done, give it to the busiest person you know and it will be done.”

Having a busy life has been my norm.  Thanks to that bit of counsel from Bishop Buchanan, I’ve always looked at it in a different way, and with a smile.

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