Relief Society in need
My Relief Society President is going through a lot right now. Here is what I know about: 1-She just moved. It's from one apartment to the other in the same complex, but it's still a move, and it's almost worse, because nobody gave her much sympathy, because it was only a short distance. A move is a move in my book, and moving bites. 2-She has a very active 2year old and a 4 month old, both boys. And she lives in a 2 bedroom apartment. 3-Her husband just started grad school, and is still working full time. He is gone from approximately 7 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. some nights. Other nights it's earlier, and the only night that he's home, she has Relief Society meeting, so he can watch the kids. Needless to say, they see each other very little, and she has four years of this to look forward to, since it's a part-time master's so he can still work. 4-She is newly diagnosed (yesterday) with Celiac's disease, an antoimmune disease where she cannot eat gluten, and so she thus has to change her entire eating lifestyle. (And get something different to eat for the sacrament, thus calling attention to herself, which she hates.) 5-She's Relief Society President! We have a high need ward. There are many funerals to arrange, lots of welfare needs, and basically just a lot of women to visit and care for. This calling is a time consuming and stressful one, and she is EXCELLENT at it. So, here's my question: when you know of a woman in need, you call the Relief Society President. Who do you call when it IS the Relief Society President? I am her good friend and her visiting teacher to boot, so I think I would be one person to call. I used to be her secretary, but the bishop just released me this week so I can teach gospel doctrine. I told him maybe he should let RS Pres. get adjusted to her apartment and her new diet before making her try to find a new secretary, but he felt strongly about the call, so there you go. (Also, I think she has downplayed her need in front of the bishop.) I have babysat for her on numerous occasions, our boys are the same age and it is not difficult for me to have her boy over. I have fed her dinner. I have listened to her talk. I have loaned her videos that her toddler likes, so she can at least have some sort of break during the day. I have loved doing every one of these things. I don't know what else to do. I want to help her because she needs help and because I love her. So what else can I do for her? She is getting depressed as she thinks of a gluten-free life and four years of seeing her husband sporadically. She has much to do, and she handles it all so beautifully, that sometimes it's easy for people to forget that she has needs.