I didn't know where else to ask this question so here I am!
Is it right to ask to be released from a calling? I have lived in my ward for 20 years and have always been one of the three or four organists. I've never been released from this calling, not even when I was Primary President or counselor in RS. I currently have 4 callings, organist being one of them. But I only play once every three weeks. I am also a Family History Consultant, Primary permanent substitute, and Stake Women's Volleyball Specialist (only 9 weeks out of the year). I don't think any of the bishops that have served in my ward over the past 20 years have ever considered releasing me, even though we have several other people in our Ward (not including the current other 2 organists) that are capable organists. And there are also two youth that have been playing the organ only for prelude.
I don't mind playing, but I am beginning to think this is a lifetime calling. I have been an organist since 1989 in two other wards as well, but in the other wards there were only one or two people that could play.
I should mention that when I was first called I had never played the organ, just piano. I lived in the same ward as my mother in law and she was the only organist at the time. She was moving so the Bishop called me and she taught me how to play for about a month before she moved.
That was a long explanation, sorry! I don't mind playing but even after all this time I still get so nervous every time It's my turn.
I recently heard from a lady in my ward that the Bishop told her I had held the longest calling of anyone in the ward....Organist....Then she said they all had a good laugh about it.
So, do I ask when I don't really have a good reason? Or just plan on this being a lifetime calling? ?