Today is my last day as an employee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I first started working here in July of 2014 and today I say goodbye!
My dad was working for the Church at the time that I was hired. He helped me get a job and I’m so grateful!! I was actually looking for a job when my dad offered to send my resume to a few managers to see if any were hiring. I found out on my first wedding anniversary that I got the job! One I will never forget. The team I worked on specifically, we are called the Media Library team. We publish, maintain, create and add metadata, download options and more, the images and videos, and audio on LDS.org’s Media Library. It is the center for all of Church media. My team also helped launch the LDS Media Library app this year. They have BIG plans for the app, and more, and I cannot wait to see it come to life! So much has been in the works since before I was even hired.
Fun fact: My dad started the creation of the LDS Media Library app and my team finished it. It was originally supposed to be only for the Brethren but it changed :)
It’s been a very long, trying, exciting and fun 3 years. I’m going to miss being on Temple Square everyday. I’m going to miss going to the temple right after work, and only needing to cross the street. I’m going to miss the crappy vending machines with the stupid snack options. The ice machine has been heaven and has saved us all. I’ll miss being able to business casual, sandals/open-toed shoes… I’ll miss all of the fun birthday parties that my team throws for one another. I’m going to miss the personalized birthday cards, too!
I remember my dad most with this job. He and I worked in the same building for the three weeks that he went back to work. I miss stopping by his desk on the other side of the wall. I miss getting rides home from him. I miss the one time we rode the trax to work together, in the winter, and never rode it together again. I miss him stopping by my desk, snagging candy from the bowl and asking me how my day was going. I miss him asking me about the creepy Clown, Clownsie, and why he was sitting on the desk next to mine. Or the time when he brought my team donuts… I remember exactly where he used to park his truck too… I miss seeing it in the parking lot.
Today, I’ll turn in my badge, my parking pass and hug my friends goodbye. This job has been a dream. I have never in my life, imagined ever working for the Church, but that dream came true. Leaving on good terms, and knowing this is apart of God’s plan for me makes this departure easier. My heart aches for my dad. The building we used to work in together, seeing him at work, him helping me get the job… the love and support from my team and the many, many, friends of my dad when he passed away. I know that God put this job in my life for a purpose. It truly helped me get through some of the hardest days of before and after my dad passed away. Being able to stay connected to my dad’s friends has been fun and really helpful.
I’m going to miss my work bestie Shaylee so much. This girl is amazing!! I sent her resume to my boss only a few months after I was hired, and then she joined the team! We have had adventure upon adventure here. The getting stuck together in the revolving doors… the one time that I got my selfie-stick button stuck and it took 120 photos of us laughing trying to fix it. How about that time (well, every time), we had a meeting and when either one of us was missing, it was pure torture. Haha, we have basically only survived because of each other. She has listened to my endless conversations about life, missing dad, marriage joys and so much more. (What are we going to do without Skype!?) We’ve become such good friends over the year and I’m really going to miss her.
I’m so sad. It hasn’t really hit me until Tuesday and it’s just kind of been a bit sad since. I know that what’s coming next is falling into place perfectly and an answer to many impatient prayers. It’s been a good run and I’m proud of myself, what I’ve learned and who I’ve become because of it.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!!