Well, you get one, of course! But that can be easier said than done – I would say this is one of the most (if not THE most) difficult calling to get a sub. I’ve got a list of suggestions to hopefully help you land a substitute without too much stress…
It should go without saying that the more time you give others, the more willing they will be to help you. Don’t make your failure to plan, their emergency. If you know in a few weeks that you will be out of town, now is always the time to start looking and preparing for a substitute, not the day you are heading out.
But that said, emergencies DO happen. No matter how well you are at planning ahead, occasionally children wake up with fevers, basements flood, or your husband surprises you with a last-minute trip to Hawaii (I can dream, right?) and forgot to arrange a sub in all his planning efforts.
For starters, who do you call? Here’s my go-to list of suggestions, recommended in this order:
- Stake music leader – if you have this option in your stake, I would always utilize them first! The stake music leader usually wants to help with your calling and this is a wonderful way to have the stake music leader help you out.
- Primary presidency member – with no sharing time lessons to present, they are a little more open to help you with singing time on Sunday. Don’t hesitate to call on one of them to help.
- Previous primary music leaders – if you previous music leaders, they would probably jump at a chance to come back to the world’s best calling ;).
- Spouse/friend/relative – beg and plead with them as they will still have to love you after you’ve asked them to sub for you!
Go through the list I created above, branching out to other ward members who might be available to substitute for this calling. Or together, create a back-up plan of what to do if no substitute can be found.