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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sample Letter to Make Ward and Stake Leaders Mad At You

Stake/Ward Relief Society Leaders,

When I gave my presentation this past Tuesday in my ward Relief Society meeting, it was referred to as an "Enrichment" meeting. Today in Sacrament Meeting, during the announcements, another Relief Society Enrichment meeting in the future was referred to and announced.

I find this astonishing. The Home, Family and Personal Enrichment program ended in 2009.

See current Handbook Guidance 9.4.2 as well as the video entitled Additional Relief Society Meetings from the Church's Leadership Training Library.

Guidance from church headquarters is clear in that all meetings should simply be referred to as Relief Society meetings. Meetings that occur outside of Sunday worship, should be referred to as additional Relief Society meetings.

Since Sister *** (the Stake Relief Society President) was also in attendance in Sacrament meeting and must have heard the announcements, I trust this will be corrected.

Sincerely,
Krista Cook

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Missionaries, iPad Minis and More...

I've been thinking about missionaries getting equipped with iPad Minis. I know this will significantly affect how they go about missionary work. It also got me thinking as well.

Consider the following implications:

- missionaries travel all across the ward boundaries.
- missionaries constantly visit members, inactive and otherwise.
- missionaries are now equipped digitally.
- missionaries will be spending at least some time at the chapel, almost daily.

What implications does this have? Can't you guess?

Missionaries could easily be conscripted to work as assistant ward clerks in charge of membership. At the very least, they should work closely with whomever has jurisdiction over entering, changing and updating ward membership.

Consider that even if an inactive is resisting returning, missionaries could at least use the excuse to make sure their membership and contact information is correctly entered into the online directory.

They could even explain to members how they can get online, update their own information and either hide or obscure some of their contact preferences like phone number and email.

Am I the only one that sees these possibilities?

Perhaps they could even take pictures that could be uploaded to the directory.

For years I've thought people would be more apt to return if they could access directories, calendars, lesson schedules and newsletters in order to find out what is going on at church. It could help them ease back into activity.

Missionaries could do so much if the Church, Mission and local leadership/members would let them.

What do you think? Am I on the right track or am I totally off of it? Inquiring minds want to know.