In my ward I think the changes will really be helpful. We have a huge primary and not so many older couples. The primary likes having men in the cub scouts and they and all of the YM/YW have their activities on the same night. If men go to primary to work it takes two or a couple. If an Elders quorum, High Priest Group, Bishopric, Young Men’s, and Sunday School are functioning with all the counselors, secretaries and clerks, then it is very challenging to staff a ward. We tend to have about 3-4 men as High Councilman or in stake leadership positions. Similar with women.
PEC has never been used the way we would like, especially since the women aren’t there every week. The emphasis in our ward and stake has been about ministering and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have four recent converts getting ready to go to the temple. Preparing them was a months worth of talks in Sacrament Meeting and meeting with them individually to go over in details what to expect. It has been very good. Our activity has gone up the last year.
We do have some inactive or slightly inactive Melchizedek priesthood holders. It has been about doubts or having a faith crisis for about 5-6 of them. They were coming to church regularly a few years ago. We just try to love them and not make a project out of them.
I found the Spirit confirming that these changes will benefit our ward in my position as a 1st Counselor. I think more will come with President Nelson in the helm.
We are having struggles in the Church. I am not going to deny it. The thought of abuse just turns my stomach for example. I have seen enough false allegations and convoluted situations that I wait to pass judgement till the facts are in In the situation of divorces there are all kinds of things said and implied. I was the home teacher for two divorces within the last five years. I did go most months and reported what I thought were tense situations. There was a neighbor of mine who I am pretty was cheating on his wife. A friend of mine saw him with another woman. He wouldn’t come in for an interview. When he did was adamant that he was not cheating on his wife. We investigated the best we could, but it is very hard to do that within the context of being a lay leader. Support and love was given to the wife, who was also having struggles. I know the Lord expects better from us, but we often fail him. As a member of a Bishopric we reach out and have helped people who have done wrong. Sometimes making those who they hurt or offended mad that we ministered to them. This is often within the context of an ex spouse in a nearby ward. I wish this were all different, but it is to all that we are trying to minister to. Best Easter to all of you.