My work is strange. It’s a job where I am the very end of the line and depending on the client, everything gets blamed on me. I also do a lot of copy-pasting – which is always fulfilling (sarcasm). Recently one of my clients implied that a few minutes of training (if any) and someone else could take over my job. Sometimes it’s hard to see my contribution or feel like what I’m doing has any worth.
Just for a refresher of what I do: I manage certain sections of LDS.org. It is a huge website with worldwide viewership. One of my sites is translated into 23 languages, which is more than most other sites on LDS.org. Although I didn’t write the content, I take great pride in the Youth Curriculum site. I built that thing. I fix and maintain that site. Someone else could have done that work, but they didn’t. I did the work and I can look at that site and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Last week we had a department devotional. That’s one of the strange things about working for the church: prayer before meetings, and weekly/monthly devotionals. But this devotional was a little different. It was set as a celebration and we watched two videos. The first was a video about our department. As it played I had the impression “You are a part of this great work.” I may not be producing videos or speaking in conference (thank goodness), but I am contributing to this great work. I am helping to publish the word to the world.
It’s interesting to work on a project in which I have pride. In my last job, I was doing all of the design and marketing for a company, but I felt very little pride in our spectrometers or soil testing equipment. But now I do something I believe in. It’s nice.
The second part of the devotional we watched an “I Am a Mormon” video about Elaine Bradley, drummer for the Neon Trees. She talked about the importance of having a personal relationship with God. Whether you are Mormon or not, having a relationship and belief in a higher power can save you. Then, weirdly enough, she came out and played her guitar for us. It all made me grateful to work where I do and be part of this great work. Lets just say not every devotional ends with a rock concert.