Many years ago, Brother L, who is mentally handicapped but very active in the ward, was given a calling to take care of the hymn books. It was a low-key, simple calling that the Bishop felt he could do.
Brother L was to make sure the hymbooks were back in the holders on the back of the benches at the end of the meetings.
He went the extra mile.
The next week was Fast and Testimony meeting, where the members of the congregation stand and bear testimony of Christ. Brother L stood and chastized the members of the ward for leaving their hymn books on the benches and not taking care of them. The next week there were notes on the inside cover of the hymn books. The note read:
Put the hymn book away
Do not let your children play with the hymn book
Do not write in the hymn book
Do not bend the pages of the hymn book
On the back cover was a note with rules for the rules. It read:
DO NOT REMOVE THE RULES
DO NOT WRITE ON THE RULES
The members of the ward must not have given heed to the RULES because Brother L wasn't satisfied with their care of the hymn books. A few weeks later, during the middle of the week, he took a wheelbarrow to the church, loaded up all the hymn books, and took them to his home.
The next Sunday was Fast and Testimony meeting. Imagine the surprise to have all the hymn books gone! Brother L stood and chastized the congregation again and told them he would get an attorney if necessary to make the people treat the hymn books with respect. The Bishop stood and said, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all took our callings as seriously as Brother L. Brother L, we promise that if you bring the hymnbooks back we will be very careful with them and follow the rules!"
The books were returned and were never taken from the chapel again. Either the members followed the rules or Brother L found out it was too expensive to hire an attorney!
I've told my bishop that I want that calling! I have some great ideas! He hasn't given it to me yet.